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Damian welcomes Jeremy Hunt to Folkestone's Creative Quarter

Yesterday I invited the Shadow Culture Media and Sport Secretary of State, Jeremy Hunt, to visit the Creative Quarter and Creative Foundation in Folkestone. We were given a tour by the Foundation's Artistic Director, Nick Ewbank, and Trevor Minter from the Folkestone Harbour Company. This included visiting Shane Record's gallery in the Old High Street, […]

Should today be a public holiday?

Earlier in the year I raised the idea of making 11th November a public holiday as a memorial to the sacrifices in war of all service personnel. Following that article hundreds of people have expressed there support for the idea. Nearly 400 people joined the support group on Facebook and over 200 people voted in […]

The future of Dungeness is in doubt

Today the Government has produced a short list of ten sites that would be suitable for new nuclear power stations, but excluded Dungeness from that list. A new nuclear power station at Dungeness could create up to 1000 jobs and be a considerable boost to the local economy for years. We need to understand more […]

Manchester monuments and the brave new world

I have written an article for Crossbow magazine which has been published at the Conservative Party conference by the Bow Group. I've included the text of the article below. At the base of a cross in the former St John’s churchyard in central Manchester lies the small memorial of a man who arguably helped to […]

Speaking at fringe event on low carbon economy at 7.30pm

I've been invited to speak at a fringe event at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester at 7.30pm this evening. The event will debate the steps being taken by businesses to reduce their carbon emissions and the role that Government can play helping them. You can find the details of this event below. If you […]

Giving politics the X factor

I have written an article for 'Forward' magazine which is published today by the Conservative Way Forward group. You can read the text of the article below. The picture, above, included with this post, is the picture that was taken for the front cover of the magazine. The people featured are' left to right, Louise […]

Conservative conference preview

I have been asked by the Social Market Foundation think tank to write a preview article for their newsletter on the Conservative Party conference. You can read this article below and see the whole newletter on the Social Market Foundation's website - http://www.smf.co.uk/assets/files/Conference%20newsletter%202009%20FINAL.pdf Looking ahead to the Conservative Party Conference – Manchester 2009 Whatever happens […]

A view from Folkestone on the Calais Jungle

Last week the French government announced that it would clear the ‘Calais Jungle’ which is a shanty town encampment created by refugees and asylum seekers trying who are waiting to get a passage across the channel to the UK. Since the closure of the camp at Sangatte a few years ago there has been a […]

Lessons for today from Europe's history

Next weekend, the 3rd and 4th October, the Step Short project will be organising a programme of talks, walks, and events all marking the role Folkestone played during the First World War. These activities will be based around the University Centre and Quarterhouse in Folkestone and you can find out more details on the Go […]

We need to safeguard childhood as well as children

It looks like summer ended last Saturday and it was certainly a day that everyone seemed to be enjoying at the Hawkinge Fun Day. The event was well supported by everyone in the community and was a great showcase for local groups from the Allotment Society to the Scouts and Guides. It is also a […]

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