11 OCT 2018

Confronting the Far Right

News that there is to be a 'far right' inspired march in London this weekend, conjured memories of similar extremists rearing their ugly heads on our doorstep here in Maidstone and the Weald. Thankfully, when the low-life bigots under the hate-filled 'Britain First' banner paid an unwelcome visit t...


04 OCT 2018

Conservative Party Conference 2018

The BBC's Assistant Political Editor Norman Smith was wearing a construction worker's hard hat as he delivered his morning bulletin from the Conservative conference on Monday this week. He explained it was to avoid flying rocks and mortars in a Tory Party war zone; and yet the calm and collegiate s...


27 SEP 2018

Salzburg rebuttal is no big deal

The Salzburg rebuttal of the PM's Brexit proposals last week certainly gave the media and politicos something to feed on, buoyed up by staged rhetoric at the Party conferences. For me, this was just one more step in a very tough process and I am not alone. At the launch of the fabulous Hush Heath...


20 SEP 2018

Agriculture Bill and the Rural Economy

  The rural economy is currently worth an estimated £50 billion to the UK, directly providing 475,000 jobs and, crucially, provides the backbone of our nation's food security. That is why it has my attention and why our famers are so important to this constituency. In July many of us...


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...


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11 OCT 2018

Confronting the Far Right

News that there is to be a 'far right' inspired march in London this weekend, conjured memories of similar extremists rearing their ugly heads on our doorstep here in Maidstone and the...


04 OCT 2018

Conservative Party Conference 2018

The BBC's Assistant Political Editor Norman Smith was wearing a construction worker's hard hat as he delivered his morning bulletin from the Conservative conference on Monday this week. He explained...


27 SEP 2018

Salzburg rebuttal is no big deal

The Salzburg rebuttal of the PM's Brexit proposals last week certainly gave the media and politicos something to feed on, buoyed up by staged rhetoric at the Party conferences. For me, this was just...