17 FEB 2017

National Cyber Security Centre

Kent Messenger Column – 17-02-17 The digital revolution has been undeniably transformational, bringing endless opportunities through vast social and economic change. Like all great revolutions however, it presents new risks to our safety. Moving forward one of our greatest challenges as a nat...


10 FEB 2017

Time we coughed-up for our NHS?

Kent Messenger Column - 10-02-17  This paper previously reported of West Kent Clinical Commissioning group's (WKCCG) decision to cease non-urgent operations until the new financial year. Last week, this story was also featured nationally in papers such as the Guardian and the Times. Kent MPs h...


03 FEB 2017

Trump: the first 10 days

Kent Messenger Column - 03-02-17  Last week I suggested his first 100 days would be critical, but with just 10 under his belt we may already know all we need about Trump. His Executive Order suspending the entire US refugee admissions system, also banning entry to the USA from seven majority-...


27 JAN 2017

Trump: the first days

Kent Messenger Column - 27-01-17 The inauguration's over and here in the UK we must now get to grips with an 'America First' term of office. The trouble I'm having in assessing Mr Trump's true intentions is that it's tough to believe a word the man says, let alone whether or not I agree with him. ...


20 JAN 2017

Brexit: Clarity will defeat uncertainty

Kent Messenger Column - 20-01-17  It is now well over 6 months since the British people took the decision to leave the European Union. Setting aside the disgraceful campaigning on both sides, the referendum did settle a long-lingering blain and provided a clear and positive democratic mandate ...


13 JAN 2017

Mental Health

Kent Messenger Column - 13-01-17  The last time I talked to Theresa May as Home Secretary was in April last year when she visited Maidstone & Mid Kent Mind's wellbeing centre in College Road. She showed a keen and genuine interest in the work and challenges of the Mind team in helping tho...


09 JAN 2017

No way to run a railway

Kent Messenger Column - 06-01-17 January fare increases edge annual London season tickets toward £5,000 for commuters from Maidstone & The Weald, rubbing salt into pre-Christmas wounds from poor service, cancellations and strikes. Cost of the fare aside, the persistent failure to deliver...


30 DEC 2016

Choices

Kent Messenger Column - 30-12-16  A few weeks back I attended an important 20th Anniversary event in Maidstone. It was a fundraiser and a celebration for an organisation called Choices; no, not the Estate Agency or the NHS website but the Charity formally known as North Kent Women's Aid. Cho...


23 DEC 2016

Contact at Christmas

Kent Messenger Column - 23-12-16  Most of us would agree that Christmas is an extra special time for children, but sadly not for all of them. In the months and weeks leading up to the big day there will have been harsh words, open animosity, social media abuse, threats and sometimes violence ...


16 DEC 2016

Maidstone Churches Winter Shelter

Kent Messenger Column - 16-12-16 For those without a roof over their head in Maidstone, the Churches Winter Shelter returns in the New Year, offering beds, a warm meal, companionship and constructive advice Now in its fourth year, the scheme reopens for 12 weeks from the 3rd January 2017. It is e...


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15 FEB 2017

MP takes fight for barracks to the floor of the House

Closure of Invicta Park Barracks to be debated in Westminster Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant will be leading a parliamentary debate next week as part of her campaign to save Invicta Park...


14 FEB 2017

The stamp of approval

MP Helen Grant has called on school children in her Maidstone and the Weald constituency to get creative and help to design Royal Mail's 2017 Christmas Stamp. Royal Mail are asking children of...


13 FEB 2017

Lord Digby Jones to launch new-look Frederic's Bistro

Lord Digby Jones joins MP Helen Grant in Maidstone Lord Digby Jones and Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant will cut the ribbon on a new extension to a popular Maidstone restaurant next...