17 AUG 2017

National Citizens Service

Kent Messenger Column - 17-08-17 Dragons' Den panellists conjure a vision of beasts of business inflicting savage critiques upon aspiring entrepreneurs. Exhaling fire isn't my thing really but this was not the BBC show either. I was invited to attend the Dragons' Den phase of the National Citiz...


10 AUG 2017

Sponsorship in women's sport

Kent Messenger Column - 10-08-17  I welcomed the recent focus on the BBC's gender pay gap, but the issue spreads much more widely than on-screen media talent; a current case-in-point being sport. This summer has thus far witnessed an unprecedented level of English success in international wom...


03 AUG 2017

Cancer Statistics

Kent Messenger Column 03-08-17 Around this time last year I learned that my husband had prostate cancer. As you might expect it had a marked effect upon my whole family; it also realigned my own 'life priorities' significantly, and permanently. When Cancer Research UK released their cancer statist...


27 JUL 2017

Southeastern Franchise

Kent Messenger Column - 27-07-17  Since commencing my work as a Parliamentary Candidate, and then MP for Maidstone and the Weald almost 10 years ago, campaigning to improve commuter train services has constantly been a top priority. Customer satisfaction with Southeastern has fallen from 84% ...


20 JUL 2017

Maidstone Mela

Kent Messenger Column - 20-07-17  Perhaps I am becoming wiser with the years, or maybe it is an emerging sign-of-our-times, but the importance of community has never been more prominent in my psyche; those vital human needs of belonging, togetherness, sharing and caring, shielding and shelteri...


13 JUL 2017

Vehicle emissions

Kent Messenger Column - 13-07-17  Last November I raised serious concerns about vehicle emissions with the planning inspector at Maidstone's local plan public hearings. The core of my anxiety was (and remains) unmitigated rising emissions from increased road traffic, directly arising from lar...


06 JUL 2017

'Go Train'

Kent Messenger Column - 06-07-17 There are more people now in work than ever before, unemployment has remained at its lowest rate for eleven years, women in employment has reached a record rate and youth unemployment is at its lowest level since 2005. However there is still much to do... One of my...


29 JUN 2017

Thank you for re-electing me

Kent Messenger Column - 29-06-17  I am deeply honoured and proud to have been returned as your MP following the recent General Election on 8th June. I am also grateful to the Editor of the Kent Messenger for giving me the opportunity to continue with my weekly column. It is a unique conduit a...


20 APR 2017

General Election 8th June 2017

Kent Messenger Column - 20-04-17  Ever since the tumultuous events that followed the referendum result less than 10 months ago it has been my strong view that our country needed stability and certainty as we navigated our course to leave the EU. General elections do not usually lend themselve...


13 APR 2017

Syrian sarin gas attack

Kent Messenger Column - 13-04-17 In August 2013 over 1400 people are reported to have died, including 426 children, when Sarin gas was used against the people of Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus in Syria. Our Parliament voted on military intervention specifically to prevent President Assad from contin...


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Local MP urges increased community efforts to cure blood cancer

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10 AUG 2017

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