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...


28 JUN 2018

MBC v KCC Judical Review

Kent Messenger Column - 28-06-18 If Maidstone's roads are to become less congested our local authorities must work together toward a long-term plan; one that would include some form of Southern relief road. That is why I have been working together with my neighbour Helen Whately MP, to try and brok...


14 JUN 2018

Protecting Women Online

Kent Messenger Column – 14-06-18 "I've had death threats, I've had people tweeting that I should be hung if 'they could find a tree big enough to take the fat bitch's weight'... I've had rape threats...and n*gger, over and over and over again". These were the words of Diane Abbott MP during ...


07 JUN 2018

Tonbridge Road Sink Hole

Kent Messenger Column – 07-06-18 The scale of the damage caused to the A26 in Maidstone by last week's road collapse is deeply concerning. The greatest impact has been upon nearby residents, with some having to evacuate their homes. Maidstone Borough Council have provided temporary accommoda...


31 MAY 2018

Special Educational Needs Funding

Kent Messenger Column - 31-05-18 Throughout my life I have been driven by a belief that everyone, irrespective of their background or circumstances, has their own special something to offer society. I also believe that they should be given support to reach their full potential, if needed. I am the...


24 MAY 2018

Royal Wedding

Kent Messenger Column - 24-05-18  Royal weddings are good for us – official. The whole country generates its own special lift, with street parties and bunting, and together Britain shows-off to the world all that it stands for as a modern Constitutional monarchy. Flocks of inbound tour...


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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;...


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...


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...