13 SEP 2018

Gang and Knife Crime Roundtable

According to many reports Maidstone & The Weald is a safe place to live. That is largely due our excellent police service, their partner agencies, our church leaders and to the watchfulness of our neighbourhood communities. But bad things can still happen here, and there are threats from Londo...


06 SEP 2018

Animal Welfare

On August Bank Holiday Monday I took great pleasure in judging the dog show at Sissinghurst's idyllic annual village fete. It was great to share the day with dog lovers from right across Kent, all of whom clearly and dearly cared for their pooches. Unfortunately not everyone is as compassionate tow...


23 AUG 2018

GCSE Results

A couple of weeks ago I empathised with parents and students ahead of the A-level results, and I do so again today as the GCSE results are released. Right across Maidstone and the Weald, thousands of 16-year-olds (and their families) will be experiencing that stomach-churning feeling as they open t...


16 AUG 2018

Eradicating Rough Sleeping

It is simply unacceptable that in 21st century England 4,750 people are sleeping rough on any given night. Rough sleeping is a real problem, a burning injustice, which is prevalent close to home with homelessness sadly and frequently in our local headlines and a reported recent 45% increase in rough...


09 AUG 2018

Life beyond ‘A’ levels

Suffering the anxious run-up to A-Level results day is an experience I've endured both as a student and as a mum, and once again the hopes of a University place for thousands rest upon the outcomes on 16th August. But times they are a changing and there has been a 3.4% decrease in demand this year ...


02 AUG 2018

Grass Roots Sport

Every now and then a sporting Champion emerges with a humility that belies their achievement. I'd include people like Sir Andy Murray, Sir Steve Redgrave and Dame Kelly Holmes in that category; people whose immediate thoughts are for those who brought them to the top of the world from games, sports...


26 JUL 2018

Plastic Pollution

Ever since last year's Blue Planet series, which so movingly and graphically depicted the impact that plastic is having on our oceans, the issue has never been far from the news agenda. There is no doubt that reducing our dependence on plastic is one of the key environmental challenges facing this g...


20 JUL 2018

Post Brexit Trade

Back in 2005 I spent two weeks travelling around India developing new international business for my UK legal practice. It was a somewhat daunting step into the unknown, having never been to India before, but I came home with new clients and valuable new relationships with businesses in three major ...


12 JUL 2018

Reducing Violent Crime

Kent Messenger Column - 12-07-18 Prior to becoming an MP in 2010 I was a solicitor for 23 years and witnessed, at first-hand, the impact that violent crime can have upon victims, their families, friends and the local community. I am greatly encouraged, therefore, that recorded crime overall has fa...


05 JUL 2018

Thameslink Trains

The rail chaos up and down the country in recent weeks has been appalling. Words of apology and resignations are frankly rather hollow gestures for passengers whose livelihoods depend on a decent service. Rightly, Govia Thameslink's franchise is now under threat, but if that came to pass would their...


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13 SEP 2018

Gang and Knife Crime Roundtable

According to many reports Maidstone & The Weald is a safe place to live. That is largely due our excellent police service, their partner agencies, our church leaders and to the watchfulness of our...


06 SEP 2018

Animal Welfare

On August Bank Holiday Monday I took great pleasure in judging the dog show at Sissinghurst's idyllic annual village fete. It was great to share the day with dog lovers from right across Kent, all of...


23 AUG 2018

GCSE Results

A couple of weeks ago I empathised with parents and students ahead of the A-level results, and I do so again today as the GCSE results are released. Right across Maidstone and the Weald, thousands of...