18 JAN 2018

My new job

Kent Messenger Column - 18-01-18  In the course of the Prime Minister's re-shuffle last week I was extremely pleased to be offered a role as a Vice Chairman of my Party, with a focus on Communities. I have received warm congratulations from many of my constituents, for which I am most gratefu...


11 JAN 2018

Gender Pay Equality, time for change

Kent Messenger Column- 11-01-18  Throughout history the battle for gender equality has found momentum through brave, inspirational women and enlightened men who risk their reputations, careers and sometimes more. This week, Carrie Gracie joined that illustrious list. Hugely talented, experien...


04 JAN 2018

Mental Health

Kent Messenger Column - 04-01-18 Supporting and guiding people at times of great need is a key aspect of my role as a Constituency MP. Some of the most difficult and moving circumstances that I encounter involve those who are affected by mental ill-health. 1 in 4 of us will suffer from a mental i...


28 DEC 2017

Hopes for 2018

Kent Messenger Column - 28-12-17 If the tumult of recent years has taught me anything, it is that predictions in politics (and elsewhere) are a precarious pastime. Perhaps, instead, it is better to share with you some of my hopes and aspirations for our country and for Maidstone & The Weald in ...


21 DEC 2017

2017, A Year in Review

Kent Messenger Column- 21-12-17 The decorations are up, Slade is blaring from the radio and the Strictly final has been and gone; it is certainly beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. The festive season provides an opportunity for reflection on what has been a busy year. It would be unjust to re...


14 DEC 2017

Loneliness

Kent Messenger Column – 14-12-17  Loneliness is a crushing and all too common phenomenon which impacts negatively upon the mental and physical health of our nation. There are 9 million people in the UK, that's 1 in 7, who feel lonely all or most of the time. We should be in no doubt that...


07 DEC 2017

Trump and Twitter

Kent Messenger Column – 04-12-17  Last week I pledged my support to the 'NO2H8' campaign which does vital work in highlighting how social cohesion can reduce hatred. Little did I know that the importance of the campaign's core message would be demonstrated in such extraordinary fashion l...


30 NOV 2017

First time buyers

Kent Messenger Column - 30-11-17 It was in the early 1980's when I first took the plunge into the housing market; 15 California Road, Carlisle. It cost me £14,000 and felt like 'an arm and a leg' at the time, but compared with today I know I was fortunate; the purchase price was about twice ...


23 NOV 2017

The Skills Show

Kent Messenger Column - 23-11-17  I've been pressing the case for apprenticeships for many years; they offer unique avenues into long-term careers and they are exciting skills-based pathways allowing people to earn an income as they learn a valuable vocation. I was therefore delighted to be a...


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...


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18 JAN 2018

My new job

Kent Messenger Column - 18-01-18  In the course of the Prime Minister's re-shuffle last week I was extremely pleased to be offered a role as a Vice Chairman of my Party, with a focus on Communities....


11 JAN 2018

Gender Pay Equality, time for change

Kent Messenger Column- 11-01-18  Throughout history the battle for gender equality has found momentum through brave, inspirational women and enlightened men who risk their reputations, careers and...


04 JAN 2018

Mental Health

Kent Messenger Column - 04-01-18 Supporting and guiding people at times of great need is a key aspect of my role as a Constituency MP. Some of the most difficult and moving circumstances that I...