Sir David Amess MP

Wednesday 20 October 2021 Last Friday, like so many other people, I was stunned to hear the news of the murder of my parliamentary colleague Sir David Amess. On Monday this week I attended the memorial service for members of the House of Commons and House of Lords at St Margaret’s church in Westminster, to […]

The Guardian: ‘Nastier than ever’ - have Covid lockdowns helped fuel online hate?

Article by Dan Milmo for the Guardian - published 19 October 2021 The coronavirus pandemic has been punctuated by outbursts of online hate that have had real-world consequences. The most alarming examples are the 6 January riot in Washington, which was spurred by rightwing groups organising online, and the racist abuse of England footballers during […]

KentOnline: Online trolls can be unmasked says Folkestone MP Damian Collins as Online Safety Bill is prepared

Article by Sam Lennon for KentOnline - published 19 October 2021 Online trolls can be tracked down even when they remain anonymous. That's the message from a politician and social media expert in the wake of the David Amess tragedy. The Government has not ruled out banning anonymity on social media to help prevent the […]

Why toxic big tech must be held to account

Article written for Mace Magazine - published 18 October 2021 If we want to end the tragedy of the harm that can come from young minds engaging with toxic content on social media platforms, the corporate culture of big tech companies needs to change. “It is our experience that there is frustratingly limited success when harmful […]

Daily Telegraph: Tory MP calls for ‘David’s Law’ to get tough on online trolls in wake of fatal attack

Article by Charles Hymas for the Daily Telegraph - published 18 October 2021 The online harms bill should be “toughened up” to combat online abuse and renamed “David’s Law” in memory of Sir David Amess, a former Conservative minister has said. Mark Francois, a former armed forces minister, said Sir David, a close friend, had become […]

There is a sickness in British political debate that social media and anonymous accounts are making worse

Article written for The I Paper - published 18 October 2021 The murder of Sir David Amess has shocked us all in Westminster. It was an attack on our very system of democracy, killing an MP as he worked with the people in his constituency, seeking to help them and represent their concerns. It has made […]

Conservative Party Conference 2021

Wednesday 13 October 2021 Last week I attended the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester and was pleased to hear the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, address an issue that is very much close to home: the illegal migrant crossings in the English Channel. These crossings are both highly dangerous to those attempting them and concerning to […]

South Eastern Railway

Wednesday 29 September 2021 This week the Department for Transport took decisive action to take over control of the South Eastern Railway franchise. This decision is no reflection on the professionalism or dedication of the front-line staff at South Eastern, who have worked hard to continue to serve their customer’s needs during the pandemic. Also, […]

Return of garden waste service

Wednesday 22 September 2021 Last Friday I visited Lydd Airport to meet with David Hainsworth, the managing director, and members of his operations team. The airport has been a feature of life on Romney Marsh for over sixty years and is still an important part of the local economy. I was pleased to hear that […]

Winter COVID plan

Wednesday 15 September 2021 This week the Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, set out the Government’s coronavirus strategy for the winter. Before looking at the specifics of those plans, it’s worth reviewing where we are now. Despite the spread of the delta variant of COVID-19, the most infectious strain we have seen so far in the […]

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