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 grateful, but many have also asked me what the role is all about? Fair question.

There are many people in this country who choose not to vote, or register to vote, because they feel their mark will make no difference. There are many others who choose not to vote because they see no significant difference between any of the Parties or are of the impression that politicians generally are an ineffectual waste of space.

It is a fundamental job of politicians to rectify this because these impressions are simply not true and the alternative is anarchy and civil disorder, which is unconscionable in our great country.

Alongside eight other Vice Chairs with their own spheres of responsibility, my role is to reach out to diverse, disadvantaged and disengaged communities across the United Kingdom; to hear their legitimate concerns, gain their trust and confidence, and act upon their needs and aspirations. If we can do this, we can create a country that works for everyone, and not just a privileged few.

In the past I have been proud to serve as Minister for Justice for a year, Minister for Women and Equalities for two years, and Minister for Sport and Tourism, also for two years. I enjoyed my time in Government enormously but the constraints one endures as a Minister are immense. Being a woman of both enterprise and free spirit it is very motivating to now have a job which allows the freedom of self- determination. I have already begun implementing my own action plan, with Maidstone & The Weald remaining at the very forefront of my attentions.

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