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Kentish Express: MP backs overhaul of system

Article by Sam Williams for the Kentish Express, published 1 April 2021 District MP Damian Collins has backed Priti Patel's overhaul of the UK's approach to asylum, which aims to deter illegal entry and break the business model of people smugglers. For the first time, how people enter the UK will directly impact the status of their asylum […]

Hythe Ranges flood defences

Wednesday 31 March 2021 On Monday this week we took the next positive step in our roadmap to lift the COVID-19 social contact restrictions.  It is great to see that grassroots sport is back and that people can once again meet in public spaces and outdoors in their gardens in groups of six, or as […]

City AM: Covid-19, a year on - What we've learnt about teen gambling and video games

Article written for City AM - published 26 March 2021 Every time you pick-up a smart device, you’re entering a multi-billion-dollar war zone, where the battle for your attention rages. Tech companies make money from the apps we use and the ads we see. The longer we engage, the more money is made, and gambling […]

A year of lockdown

This week we mark the anniversary of the first national COVID lockdown. It’s been a year like no other, which has affected all of our lives. Our first thoughts are with the people we have lost to the coronavirus. Nationally it has claimed the lives of 148,125 people, and in the Folkestone and Hythe district […]

The death of Sarah Everard

We have all been moved by the tragic death of Sarah Everard, and the discovery of her body in woods near Ashford. Given that a man has now been charged with her murder and will stand trial later in the year, it would not be appropriate now to discuss the specifics of this case. However, […]

Sunday Telegraph: Calls to scrap 10-year doping prosecutions limit

Article by Ben Rumsby and Tom Cary for the Sunday Telegraph - published 14 March 2021 Anti-doping chiefs are facing a race against time to unmask the rider for whom banned drugs were ordered before the 2012 Olympics amid fears they have only two months left to do so. Leading MPs called for the 10-year […]

Return to school

This week all students will return to school for the first time since Christmas. Many will have been looking forward to escaping from remote learning and having a chance to be with their friends again. This is an important step on our journey out of COVID lockdown. Nationally, the spread of the virus is now […]

30% of Folkestone & Hythe vaccinated

NHS data published on 26th February showed that over one third of residents in the Folkestone and Hythe district had received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This is above the national average, and the highest vaccination rate in Kent. I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the […]

The path out of lockdown

This week the Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out his plan to take the country out of the lockdown and the COVID restrictions that we have endured to varying degrees of severity for nearly a year. The final deadline for the lifting of all social contact restrictions will be 21st June. The longest day finally […]

Daily Mail: We must act now against this bullying parasite

Article written for the Daily Mail - published 23 February 2021 This is a battle we should have fought and won long ago. But now that the stakes have risen so high - with Facebook and the Australian government at war over the tech giant's refusal to pay for news content - we must all […]

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