Lockdown 3

This is not the Happy New Year we were hoping for. Before Christmas the daily data produced by the Government, showing the numbers of new cases of coronavirus in Kent, was starting to look more positive. In Folkestone and Hythe there had been a sustained fall in the rolling seven-day average of new cases, from […]

Our New Deal with the EU

On Christmas Eve the Prime Minister announced that the Government had successfully negotiated a deal with the European Union on our future trading relationship. This will be debated in Parliament on 30th December, so that it can be ratified before the end of 2020. The deal delivers on the commitment made at the general election […]

Best wishes for Christmas

Since the start of this month we've seen a rapidly deteriorating position with the regards to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. On the 1st of December the rolling seven-day average infection rate per 100,000 people in the Folkestone and Hythe district was 193, whereas three weeks later it is nearly 700. In other parts […]

Drive-in COVID tests in Folkestone

This week the government has reviewed the tiers in England for the COVID-19 social contact restrictions. Not only is Kent staying within tier 3, but the whole of London and parts of Essex and Hertfordshire have been included as well. I know that this will be disappointing for very many people who would have hoped […]

MailOnline: Privacy row over Facebook plans to shift oversight of British users' data to the US after Brexit amid fears it could make it easier for American intelligence agencies to spy on them

Article by Mark Duell and Martin Robinson for MailOnline - published 15 December 2020 Facebook should not be trusted with protecting UK users when their data is moved to its US headquarters after Brexit because the social network is more interested in profits than privacy, a leading Tory told MailOnline today. Damian Collins, former chairman […]

KentOnline: Asylum seekers disappear from Napier Barracks, Folkestone

Article by Sam Williams for KentOnline - published 14 December 2020 Concerns have been raised following claims eight asylum seekers have disappeared from military barracks. Around 400 people - all adult men - are currently being housed at the Napier Barracks in Folkestone, which has been transformed into a temporary dispersal facility by the Home Office. […]

KentOnline: MP Damian Collins blasts anti-vaccine campaigners for spreading disinformation about the Covid-19 vaccine

Article by Sam Williams for KentOnline - published 9 December 2020 Fears have been raised over how disinformation being spread on social media could dissuade some people from taking the record-breaking Covid-19 vaccine. Damian Collins, MP for Folkestone and Hythe, says it will be 'a matter of personal choice' whether people accept the vaccine or not, but he hopes […]

KentOnline: MPs call on Matt Hancock to hand £400 million boost to East Kent Hospitals Trust

Article by Joe Wright for KentOnline - published 9 December 2020 MPs are urgently calling on the government to provide a £400 million boost to improve the scandal-hit East Kent Hospitals Trust. In a letter penned to Health Secretary Matt Hancock, they stress the state of healthcare is "impossible" to turn around unless given a significant […]


On Tuesday 8 December the NHS carried out the first vaccinations in the world from a clinically approved COVID-19 vaccine. This is a fantastic achievement, and it is incredible to think that this vaccine has been developed, tested and now delivered, in ten months. I was pleased to see that East Kent is benefiting from […]

Bureau of Investigative Journalism: Mark Zuckerberg threatened to pull UK investment in secret meeting with Matt Hancock

Article by Matthew Chapman for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism - published 8 December 2020 Mark Zuckerberg threatened to pull Facebook’s investment from the UK in a private meeting with Matt Hancock, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism can reveal. The minutes, from May 2018, show that an obsequious Hancock was eager to please, offering “a […]

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