16 NOV 2017

1918

Kent Messenger Column – 16-11-17  To lay a wreath at the annual Remembrance Sunday service in Maidstone is one of the great honours that I experience within my role as your MP. It is humbling to commemorate the sacrifices made by our forebears, whilst standing as one with representative...


09 NOV 2017

Leeds-Langley relief road public meeting

Kent Messenger Column - 09-11-17  My neighbouring colleague Helen Whately and I held a public meeting in early 2016 at the Maidstone Studios to facilitate an open discussion about the Maidstone local plan. The widely held view from the floor was that the borough was planning to build too many ...


02 NOV 2017

Stay Warm this Winter

Kent Messenger Column – 02-11-17  There was certainly the feel of seasonal change in the air this week; as the clocks turned back, the nights drew in and the winter chill descended. As we know, winter can be a challenging time for many in our community. Energy bills rise and homes becom...


26 OCT 2017

The Women's Resource Centre & Human Trafficking

Kent Messenger Column 26-10-17  One of the great privileges of Parliamentarians is the freedom to shine a light on causes that personally resonate. It is one of the aspects of an MP's work that I particularly enthuse about when younger people ask me about the role. What we say and do in the ...


19 OCT 2017

A Modern Infrastructure

Kent Messenger Column - 19-10-17  A modern society and economy needs a modern infrastructure in order to function effectively. A critical pillar of this must be the availability of reliable, fast internet connection. Too often, in our part of the world, the broadband service provided falls sh...


12 OCT 2017

Race Disparity Audit

Kent Messenger Column - 12-10-17 In the early 60's, to the best of my knowledge, I was the only person in the whole of Carlisle with a darker skin colour. Born in London of an English / Welsh mum and a Nigerian dad, I'd get called names at school and bullied sometimes, but so did some other kids w...


05 OCT 2017

News in the making...

Kent Messenger Column – 05-10-17 Last week I used this column to champion the importance of inspiring new generations to take an active interest in politics. This week an opportunity has arisen for young people in our community to do just that and I felt compelled to write about it. The Poli...


28 SEP 2017

Party Conference

Kent Messenger Column - 28-09-17 The excessive cost of attending party conferences has been a bugbear of mine for years now. I last wrote about this a couple of years ago, with particular reference to young people and how we can better securing their political engagement – with whatever part...


21 SEP 2017

New Housing Consultation

Kent Messenger Column - 21-09-17  Readers will surely be aware of the ongoing spat over Maidstone's emerging local plan, driving both local MPs to seek intervention by the Secretary of State. It was widely broadcast last week, including on the front page of this venerable publication. I echo...


14 SEP 2017

EU (Withdrawal) Bill/Myanmar

Kent Messenger Column - 14-09-17  My attentions this week are divided between home and away; Here in the UK we move toward Brexit with much progress on The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. The Rule of Law is pervasive in modern Western life; It sets the legal parameters by which the shops in...


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Helen's column

16 NOV 2017

1918

Kent Messenger Column – 16-11-17  To lay a wreath at the annual Remembrance Sunday service in Maidstone is one of the great honours that I experience within my role as your MP. It is humbling to...


09 NOV 2017

Leeds-Langley relief road public meeting

Kent Messenger Column - 09-11-17  My neighbouring colleague Helen Whately and I held a public meeting in early 2016 at the Maidstone Studios to facilitate an open discussion about the Maidstone...


02 NOV 2017

Stay Warm this Winter

Kent Messenger Column – 02-11-17  There was certainly the feel of seasonal change in the air this week; as the clocks turned back, the nights drew in and the winter chill descended. As we know,...