19 APR 2018

Syria

Kent Messenger Column - 19-04-18  For the second time in my period of office as MP for Maidstone & The Weald, we are amidst a debate about the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime against its own people in Syria. UK military intervention was first considered in August 2013, when (u...


12 APR 2018

Gender pay gap

Kent Messenger Column - 12-04-18  Last week saw the legal deadline for businesses with over 250 employees to publish their gender pay-gap data for the first time. Why is this important? It is a fact that organisations with gender balanced workforces, at all levels of their structures, do bet...


05 APR 2018

Allington Surgeries

Kent Messenger Column – 05-04-18 GPs are a cornerstone of our NHS and I was therefore very concerned to learn of the threat of closure facing two neighbouring GP surgeries in Allington, as reported in this paper last week. Firstly, I must stress that no decision has yet been taken and I can a...


29 MAR 2018

Progress on Brexit

Kent Messenger Column – 29-03-18 Brexit, inevitably, has never been far from the top of the agenda when speaking with people across Maidstone and the Weald in recent weeks. The overwhelming message I receive is for us to roll up our sleeves, get on with the job, support the PM and stop squabb...


22 MAR 2018

Protecting our local press

Kent Messenger Column – 22-02-18 I don't know about you but I just can't compare an i-pad with a full sized newspaper in print. They offer a completely different experience and both are worthwhile in different ways. Newsprint has a deeper role to play however, particularly regional and loca...


15 MAR 2018

Spring Statement

Kent Messenger Column – 15-03-18 Deficit, debt, productivity and growth are dry and abstract terms, but having a handle on them nationally really matters, because they are critical to the cash in our pockets, the price of the weekly shop and the public services upon which we all depend. This...


08 MAR 2018

Addressing the Housing Crisis

Kent Messenger Column- 08-03-18 As regular readers will know, I continue to have concerns about Maidstone's Local Plan, which was approved late last year. I am particularly worried about the impact the increased housing will have upon our road network which, as we all know, is already bursting at ...


01 MAR 2018

Maidstone Apprenticeship Fair

Kent Messenger Column- 26-02-18 No one person's journey in life is the same, we all have different aspirations and talents and it is crucial that our education system reflects this. We must not adopt a 'one size fits all' approach but instead provide a broad array of pathways which suit the needs o...


22 FEB 2018

Winter Olympics

Kent Messenger Column - 22-02-18 The Winter Olympics are unique, enthralling and too infrequent in my view. I'm sure the Grants are not the only family who become expert skating judges and master curling tacticians for the duration, only to put the closet score cards back in a virtual locker for an...


15 FEB 2018

Hyper acute stroke units

Kent Messenger Column 15-02-18 A dear friend and political mentor of many years was due to come for tea and a chat one summer's afternoon not so long ago. We'd spoken the day before and she was looking forward to hearing all the news from Maidstone and The Weald and Westminster. Uncharacteristica...


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19 APR 2018

Syria

Kent Messenger Column - 19-04-18  For the second time in my period of office as MP for Maidstone & The Weald, we are amidst a debate about the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime against its...


12 APR 2018

Gender pay gap

Kent Messenger Column - 12-04-18  Last week saw the legal deadline for businesses with over 250 employees to publish their gender pay-gap data for the first time. Why is this important? It is a...


05 APR 2018

Allington Surgeries

Kent Messenger Column – 05-04-18 GPs are a cornerstone of our NHS and I was therefore very concerned to learn of the threat of closure facing two neighbouring GP surgeries in Allington, as reported...