18-01-18 – My new job

In the course of the Prime Minister's re-shuffle last week I was extremely pleased to be offered a role as a Vice Chairman of my Party, with a focus on Communities. I have received warm congratulations from many of my constituents, for which I am most grateful, but many have also asked me what the role is all about? Fair question.

There are many people in this country who choose not to vote, or register to vote, because they feel their mark will make no difference. There are many others who choose not to vote because they see no significant difference between any of the Parties or are of the impression that politicians generally are an ineffectual waste of space.

It is a fundamental job of politicians to rectify this because these impressions are simply not true and the alternative is anarchy and civil disorder, which is unconscionable in our great country.

Alongside eight other Vice Chairs with their own spheres of responsibility, my role is to reach out to diverse, disadvantaged and disengaged communities across the United Kingdom; to hear their legitimate concerns, gain their trust and confidence, and act upon their needs and aspirations. If we can do this, we can create a country that works for everyone, and not just a privileged few.

In the past I have been proud to serve as Minister for Justice for a year, Minister for Women and Equalities for two years, and Minister for Sport and Tourism, also for two years. I enjoyed my time in Government enormously but the constraints one endures as a Minister are immense. Being a woman of both enterprise and free spirit it is very motivating to now have a job which allows the freedom of self- determination. I have already begun implementing my own action plan, with Maidstone & The Weald remaining at the very forefront of my attentions.

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Search for beloved stolen puppy 'Morse' further escalated by MP Helen Grant

He'd just burrowed under the fence of his garden when 9-month-old male border terrier 'Morse' was swiped away by a couple in a van.

The incident took place on Wednesday last week in Marden's Pattenden Lane and whilst the authorities have been alerted, Morse is yet to be located.

This week the matter came to the attention of local MP Helen Grant who has pledged to do all she can to assist the campaign for Morse's return.

Helen said 'I am a longstanding lover of Border Terriers and have had dogs in my family for most of my life. They become much more than pets, they are an integral part of a home and a loss like this can be extremely distressing. If we can keep up the momentum through local and national media as well as social networks like twitter and facebook, there is a chance he could be found and returned to his home and I for one want to do my bit'.

'I call on those who took Morse to search their souls, embrace the spirit of Christmas and do the right thing for the Latter family by returning him'.

Morse's owner Richard Latter said 'My girlfriend, Amanda, and I are devastated by Morse being taken. It's had such a huge impact on our son Ed. Morse and Ed were inseparable. Christmas is going to be very hard for us."

Richard and his wife Amanda are offering an undisclosed reward for the safe return of grizzle coloured Morse.

Further details and a contact number can be found by clicking here.


17 JAN 2018

The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness

Helen continues to support the work of The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness Maidstone and The Weald MP Helen Grant was delighted to attend a special reception for The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness hosted by the Prime Minister today at 10 Downing St. Founded after the tragic events of June...


12 JAN 2018

Helen Meets Miles Scott

Helen welcomes new Chief Executive and Winter Funding Boost for Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust Helen Grant MP was delighted to meet Miles Scott on Friday within his role as the new Chief Executive of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Trust, in just his...


12 JAN 2018

Action to Eradicate Rough Sleeping

Helping the Homeless at Winter Shelter Helen Grant MP paid a visit to Maidstone Churches Winter Shelter last week to thank volunteers and to call for action to eradicate rough sleeping in Maidstone and the Weald. The winter shelter operates across seven...



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Helen's column

18 JAN 2018

My new job

Kent Messenger Column - 18-01-18  In the course of the Prime Minister's re-shuffle last week I was extremely pleased to be offered a role as a Vice Chairman of my Party, with a focus on Communities....


11 JAN 2018

Gender Pay Equality, time for change

Kent Messenger Column- 11-01-18  Throughout history the battle for gender equality has found momentum through brave, inspirational women and enlightened men who risk their reputations, careers and...


04 JAN 2018

Mental Health

Kent Messenger Column - 04-01-18 Supporting and guiding people at times of great need is a key aspect of my role as a Constituency MP. Some of the most difficult and moving circumstances that I...