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Draft Online Safety Bill Committee

Wednesday 11 August 2021 Just before the start of the parliamentary summer recess I was elected to chair a special Joint Select Committee composed of members of the House of Commons and House of Lords, to scrutinise the Government’s proposed Online Safety Bill. The committee will hold hearings in the autumn and present its findings […]

Project Gigabit

Wednesday 4 August 2021 This week the Government confirmed that residents in the Folkestone and Hythe constituency, as well as in many other parts of Kent, will benefit from further investment from the Project Gigabit fund. Over the next few years the government has committed £5billion to levelling up internet access across the UK, and […]

Telegraph: We have a once-in-a-generation chance to hold tech giants to account

Written for the Daily Telegraph - published 29 July 2021 The senior Facebook executive Andrew Bosworth wrote in a now infamous internal company memo “the ugly truth is that we believe in connecting people so deeply that anything that allows us to connect more people more often is de facto good”. The trouble the tech […]

i Paper: Online Safety Bill must stop tech giants profiting from harm, Damian Collins warns

Article by Rhiannon Williams for The I Paper - published 29 July 2021 Social media companies must be stopped from making money through illegal and harmful content and held accountable for failing to remove it from their platforms, a top digital MP has warned. Damian Collins, former chair of House of Commons DCMS Select Committee that […]

City AM: MPs and peers launch ‘super committee’ to scrutinise online harms laws

Article by James Warrington for City AM - published 29 July 2021 A joint committee of MPs and lords has been launched today to scrutinise controversial government plans to tackle online harms. The new super committee will be tasked with seeking views on the online safety bill, which was published in draft form in May. […]

Folkestone Triennial is back

Wednesday 28 July 2021 Last Wednesday I joined Lewis Biggs, the curator of the 2020 Folkestone Triennial, for a tour of some of the new artworks for this year’s show. The Triennial had been delayed since last autumn, but now makes its return with some spectacular new artworks, that are not only talking points in […]

KentOnline: New Nationality and Borders Bill is backed by MPs amid concerns over asylum numbers

Article by Sam Williams for KentOnline - published 21 July 2021 More people have crossed the Channel so far this year than in the whole of 2020 after hundreds more asylum seekers arrived yesterday and more area arriving today. In response Home Secretary Priti Patel vowed yet more action, with £54 million sent to France […]

The Mirror: No10 blasts 'dangerous' Channel migrant crossings record as UK hands France £54m

Article by Ben Glaze for The Mirror - published 21 July 2021 Downing Street has attacked the “dangerous and unnecessary” surge in migrants crossing the English Channel. Charities and campaigners insist that providing safe and legal routes for migrants to come to Britain would stop them turning to people trafficking gangs who charge them thousands […]

Second reading of the Borders Bill

Wednesday 20 July 2021 On Tuesday this week I spoke in the House of Commons in support of the Government’s new Nationality and Borders Bill. This is important and necessary legislation to address the growing problem of illegal entry to the UK by migrants crossing the Dover straits. In 2020, more than 8,500 people made […]

Online abuse and the Euros

Wednesday 14 July 2021 Last Sunday night the fantastic campaign of the England men’s football team came to an end after a floodlit penalty shootout at Wembley stadium. Whilst it’s easy to be frustrated at what might have been, we should instead thank this young and talented team for the great entertainment they have provided […]

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