17 MAY 2018

A Tribute to Tessa Jowell

Kent Messenger Column – 17-05-18 When I was first thinking of becoming involved in politics, I was lucky enough to spend some time with Dame Tessa Jowell. She was warm, funny and hugely engaging; the perfect role model for any woman wishing to enter Parliament and certainly an inspiration to ...


10 MAY 2018

Breast Cancer Screening

Kent Messenger Column- 10-05-18  I was extremely concerned to learn last week about the failure, dating back to 2009, to invite 450,000 women to their final breast cancer screening. Firstly, I know there will be families in Maidstone and the Weald impacted by this and I stand ready to support...


03 MAY 2018

Engaging in local politics

Kent Messenger Column - 03-05-18 Today (Thursday 3rd May) is local government polling day. It's the day you get to choose who you want to run your local services and plan for the future of Maidstone and The Weald; Tackling litter and fly-tipping, improving local community services, investing in t...


26 APR 2018

Supporting the children of alcoholic parents

Kent Messenger Column - 26-04-18 Our political system usually operates in an adversarial and combative arena, where debate and division are the order of the day. Sometimes, however, the issue in question manages to transcend party politicking in an outbreak of collegiate collaboration and co-opera...


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...


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17 MAY 2018

A Tribute to Tessa Jowell

Kent Messenger Column – 17-05-18 When I was first thinking of becoming involved in politics, I was lucky enough to spend some time with Dame Tessa Jowell. She was warm, funny and hugely engaging;...


10 MAY 2018

Breast Cancer Screening

Kent Messenger Column- 10-05-18  I was extremely concerned to learn last week about the failure, dating back to 2009, to invite 450,000 women to their final breast cancer screening. Firstly, I know...


03 MAY 2018

Engaging in local politics

Kent Messenger Column - 03-05-18 Today (Thursday 3rd May) is local government polling day. It's the day you get to choose who you want to run your local services and plan for the future of...