Chinese New Year in Maidstone (12 Feb 2016)

Helen Grant MP wakes the sleeping lions to kick off the Chinese New Year celebrations in Maidstone's Fremlin Walk on 6th February 2016

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Great Pagehurst solar farm application refused (12 Feb 2016)

Read about the decision to refuse a large solar farm planning application at Great Pagehurst farm in Staplehurst. 

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Independent on Sunday 1st year as Sports Minister by Alan Hubbard (12 Oct 2014)

Click here for and extended online version of this interview by Alan Hubbard

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House Magazine Interview - Grant's One Wish (20 Jun 2014)

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Daily Telegraph Interview - English sport must hire more women or face cuts (10 Jun 2014)

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Guardian Interview - Grant plans 'expert group for fans' and rise in artificial pitches (09 Jun 2014)

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Kent on Sunday - Flood management (03 Jan 2014)

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KoS profile of Sports Minister Helen Grant (08 Dec 2013)

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Sunday Times interview with Helen Grant 13-10-13 (13 Oct 2013)

New Sports and Equalities Minister talks about women in sport - interviewed by John Goodbody

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Independent on Sunday Sports Cover Story 13-10-13 (13 Oct 2013)

Nick Hubbard interviews new Minister for Sports and Equalities - Helen Grant MP

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Sunday Telegraph - New Sports Minister interview 13-10-13 (13 Oct 2013)

Cole Moreton gets 'thrown' in interview with new Sports and Equalities Minister, Helen Grant, 13-10-13

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14 MAR 2017

Dog Theft Awareness Day

  Helen Grant MP joined her constituent Jane Frankland at an event in parliament today to mark Dog Theft Awareness Day. The event, hosted by Dartford MP Gareth Johnson and in partnership with the...


13 MAR 2017

Helen welcomes Maidstone scientist to Parliament

MP Helen Grant showed her support for science by welcoming one of her constituents to Westminster to showcase her work to Parliamentarians. Mrs Grant met with Maidstone PhD student Emma Cascant-Lopez...


10 MAR 2017

Championing FairTrade locally

Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant paid a visit to local shop Ethos, on Brewer Street, Maidstone last week. She was invited by owner Tim Licence who was keen to meet her during Fairtrade Fortnight when campaigners...


28 FEB 2017

Fighting for a funeral fund

Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant has called on the Chancellor to help bereaving families by creating a children's funeral fund. In a letter to Mr Hammond, Mrs Grant has encouraged him to...


24 FEB 2017

Helen warms to cold weather initiatives

The Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald, Helen Grant has renewed her support for vulnerable people this Winter by backing two cold weather initiatives. Mrs Grant marked National Fuel...


15 FEB 2017

MP takes fight for barracks to the floor of the House

Closure of Invicta Park Barracks to be debated in Westminster Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant will be leading a parliamentary debate next week as part of her campaign to save Invicta Park...


14 FEB 2017

The stamp of approval

MP Helen Grant has called on school children in her Maidstone and the Weald constituency to get creative and help to design Royal Mail's 2017 Christmas Stamp. Royal Mail are asking children of...


13 FEB 2017

Lord Digby Jones to launch new-look Frederic's Bistro

Lord Digby Jones joins MP Helen Grant in Maidstone Lord Digby Jones and Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant will cut the ribbon on a new extension to a popular Maidstone restaurant next...


02 FEB 2017

Helen supports World Cancer Day 2017

Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant was happy to show her support for World Cancer Day 2017 by attending a drop in day held by Cancer Research UK. Mrs Grant met with representatives from seven...


01 FEB 2017

MP Secures House of Commons Debate on Military Base Closures

Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant has secured a debate in the House of Commons to discuss the plans to close 91 military bases across the UK. This is a key milestone in her fight to convince the...


01 FEB 2017

MP Secures House of Commons Debate on Military Base Closures

Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant has secured a debate in the House of Commons to discuss the plans to close 91 military bases across the UK. This is a key milestone in her fight to convince the...


31 JAN 2017

Funding the Centenary

MP Helen Grant has called on businesses in her constituency of Maidstone and the Weald to take advantage of grants offered by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). As part of the World War One centenary...


31 JAN 2017

Funding the Centenary

MP Helen Grant has called on businesses in her constituency of Maidstone and the Weald to take advantage of grants offered by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). As part of the World War One centenary...


30 JAN 2017

Lighting the way for Maidstone's vulnerable

MP Helen Grant has urged her Maidstone and the Weald constituents to sign up to receive help in the event of a power cut. The Priority Services Register is a free service run by UK Power Networks...


27 JAN 2017

MP is banking on NatWest

Representatives from bank show commitment to Staplehurst In December 2016, NatWest announced they would be closing their branch in Staplehurst due to security concerns. This followed two ram-raids of...


24 JAN 2017

MP express disappointment at Inspector's interim findings

An Inspector who is reviewing Maidstone Borough Council's draft local plan recently released his interim findings in advance of the final hearing being held today. Local MP Helen Grant, who presented...


24 JAN 2017

Helen launches petition to save Maidstone barracks

Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant is launching a petition opposing the closure of Invicta Park Barracks. The petition calls on the Ministry of Defence to reconsider this decision in light of...


23 JAN 2017

Backing the new Ofcom App

MP Helen Grant praised a new Ofcom app as she continued her fight for better digital coverage for her Maidstone and the Weald constituents. Mrs Grant, who has repeatedly held Network Operators to...


14 JAN 2017

Swimming success at historic club awards evening

Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant was delighted to present awards to some of Maidstone's brightest young swimming talents this week at the UK's most historic swimming club. Founded in 1844, Maidstone Swimming Club...


14 JAN 2017

'Staplehurst Makers'

Craft group make a name for themselves as local MP lends support Meeting at the aptly named Helen's Coffee House in Staplehurst High Street, Helen Grant talked with members of the collective of skilled tradespeople...


12 JAN 2017

Helen backs seasonal agricultural permit scheme proposal

Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant has welcomed comments from Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill indicating the proposed introduction of a Seasonal Agricultural Permit Scheme (SAPS) after...


11 JAN 2017

The Crime and Courts Act 2013

Statement by Helen Grant MP on triggering Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 This week sees the close of the Government consultation on Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013, today's...


10 JAN 2017

Helen's Barracks Campaign Begins

Helen Grant MP ramped up her campaign to prevent the closure of Invicta Park Barracks this week, as she chaired a meeting of MPs who share similar concerns about the proposed base closures in their...


10 DEC 2016

MP Backs Campaign for Women and Girls

Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant addressed the South East regional conference of Soroptomist International at the Hilton Hotel in Maidstone on Saturday 10th December. Soroptomist International is a worldwide...


09 DEC 2016

Linton Park School leading the way in modern teaching techniques

Helen Grant MP opens £750k hi-tech learning hub Maidstone's Linton Park school has opened a 4300ft2 hi tech learning hub at its premises in Boughton Monchelsea. Helen Grant MP was invited to unveil...


03 DEC 2016

Yalding Yuletide Market

Helen joins Christmas revelers in Yalding Yalding resident Helen Grant got into the festive mood whilst popping down the High street for an early evening stroll last Saturday under the crescent moon...


02 DEC 2016

Helen drops in to check on progress at Marden Primary

Marden Primary School plans for growth ahead of new housing developments  Helen Grant MP at Marden Primary School with (L – R) Governor and architect Richard Hawkes, Head Teacher Malcolm Goddard,...


02 DEC 2016

Getting behind the Switch Cafe

Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant has thrown her support behind the campaign to keep open the Switch Youth Café in Maidstone High Street. The Café, which opened in 2010, provides a friendly...


02 DEC 2016

MP meets new commanding officer

New commanding officer Lt Col Jim Hawkins takes charge of 36 Engineers Arriving spot on time at Helen Grant's Maidstone East offices at 3:30pm Friday 2nd December the new Commanding Officer of 36...


01 DEC 2016

2016 Christmas Card Winner!

Helen Grant visits Sissinghurst Primary School to surprise her Christmas Card Winner! Helen Grant has chosen 10-year-old Orla Feely's artwork as the design for her personal Christmas card this...


23 NOV 2016

Helen Grant MP bestows lifetime achievement award

Pioneering UK civil rights campaigner Paul Stephenson honoured in Westminster Helen Grant MP for Maidstone & The Weald, joined Diversity UK's 4th birthday celebrations and delivered the charity's inaugural...


23 NOV 2016

Victory in fuel duty freeze campaign after Autumn Statement

Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant has welcomed Chancellor Philip Hammond's decision to freeze fuel duty in today's Autumn Statement. It comes after Helen, along with more than 50 other MPs,...


21 NOV 2016

MP Presses Minister for tough action against poor rail services

Government sanctions against Southeastern should include loss of franchise says Helen Grant MP Helen Grant MP has met with Rail Minister Paul Maynard about the poor service suffered by the people of...


18 NOV 2016

Farm wetlands scheme gives new hope to Yalding flood victims

Helen Grant to bring Secretary of State to visit in the New Year A Kent farmer working with Kent County Council has started a new initiative to to create a 4 acre 'wetland' to store and hold-back up...


15 NOV 2016

MP oils the wheels to drive down fuel prices

Helen Grant MP for Maidstone for The Weald, has joined forces with her MP colleagues, urging Chancellor Philip Hammond to commit to cutting fuel duty in his Autumn Statement. A litre of unleaded...


15 NOV 2016

MP backs new NotSpot research app

MP continues to fight for improved rural phone signals Helen Grant MP is continuing her fight for reliable mobile phone signals in her constituency of Maidstone and the Weald, by calling on...


11 NOV 2016

Helen opens Alzheimer's Society office

(Left to right) Katie Antill - Service Manager for Medway & Maidstone, Kate Sergeant - Service Manager, Helen Grant MP, Jackie Swapp - Operations Manager Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant paid...


08 NOV 2016

More money to play with

Success for MP and Marden campaigners A children's playground has been rescued from demolition after local residents brought their MP into the fight. Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant was...


04 NOV 2016

Secretary of State to address farmers over Brexit in Maidstone & The Weald

  Brexit was the top of the agenda for a group of farmers and NFU representatives when they met with Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant recently. During a visit to the 1500 acre...


03 NOV 2016

Sahara Desert Trek

MP bids good luck to Staplehurst resident ahead of unique Sahara Trek - by wheelchair The MP for Maidstone and the Weald Helen Grant paid tribute to her Staplehurst constituent Luisa Pearce this week...


02 NOV 2016

MP slams 'nonsensical' housing targets

Local MP Helen Grant has spoken up today for the people of Maidstone and the Weald in a Westminster Hall Debate discussing housing in Kent. The thirty minute debate, brought forward by fellow Kent MP...


02 NOV 2016

Helen slams 'nonsensical' housing targets

Local MP Helen Grant has spoken up today for the people of Maidstone and the Weald in a Westminster Hall Debate discussing housing in Kent. The thirty minute debate, brought forward by fellow Kent MP...


01 NOV 2016

A right royal turnout to welcome the Countess of Wessex

Benendens Village Store formally opened by The Countess of Wessex After commencing trading in June 2015 Benenden's Village Store received its final finishing touches in readiness for the formal...


28 OCT 2016

Helen becomes a 'Dementia Friend'

Maidstone and The Weald MP Helen Grant welcomed Alzheimer's Society to her office in Maidstone last week and along with her Parliamentary Assistant Beth, Helen became a 'Dementia Friend'. Dementia...


26 OCT 2016

Making a stand against FGM

Helen Grant MP with Hibo Wardere Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant showed her support for survivors of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) by attending the opening of a unique art exhibition in parliament...


22 OCT 2016

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Kent's "Most Loved" Post Office commended by local MP Helen Grant Yalding Post office has just been voted 'Most Loved'Post Office for Kent 2016, and to celebrate, local resident and MP...


21 OCT 2016

Class is in session!

Helen Grant MP sits down for a Q&A with Mid Kent College students Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone and The Weald, found herself back in class as she took part in a Q&A session with students from Mid...


18 OCT 2016

MP holds Government and OFCOM to account on diversity

Helen Grant MP delivers "characteristically powerful speech" in the Commons As the BBC Charter renewal was debated in the Commons, Tory diversity champion Helen Grant MP ratchetted up the pressure to...


16 OCT 2016

MP searches for seasonal spirit in her annual Christmas Card Competiton

The MP for Maidstone and The Weald, Helen Grant has launched her Christmas card competition inviting primary school students to design her official Christmas card for 2016. Mrs Grant will hand pick...


27 AUG 2016

A return to hockey after 35 years

Celebrating England Gold at the Maidstone Hockey Festival Former Minister for Sport and Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant returned to the hockey pitch this weekend, 35 years since her last game...


11 AUG 2016

Helen visits Harpers!

Unique Maidstone gift shop thrives under new ownership Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant recently paid a visit to Harpers Gift and Coffee Shop located in the picturesque Market Buildings,...


28 JUL 2016

MP visits newly refurbished Maidstone pub

Community pub The Stag in Maidstone, has reopened following a joint investment of £70,000 by multi-operator Chris Dyer and the UK's leading pub company, Enterprise Inns, attracting a visit from local MP...


11 JUL 2016

MP pleased with new flood insurance for small business premises and properties built after 2009

Maidstone, Kent 11-07-16: Following the recent launch of Flood Re for flood risk homeowners there are a number of properties that are currently outside the scope of Flood Re, such as small business...


11 JUL 2016

Lottery offers funding to local groups

Helen Grant Calls For Bids From Maidstone & The Weald The Big Lottery Fund is calling on local groups to apply for funding to hold events or activities that will bring people together and celebrate...


05 JUL 2016

MP Backs British Farming at NFU Brexit Event in Westminster

Helen Grant signing the pledge to Back Britain's Farmers Helen Grant MP attended a reception in Westminster where the NFU stressed the importance of food security and the need to back British farming...


05 JUL 2016

MP Backs British Farming at NFU Brexit Event in Westminster

Helen Grant MP signing the pledge to Back Britain's Farmers Helen Grant MP attended a reception in Westminster where the NFU stressed the importance of food security and the need to back British...


03 JUL 2016

Helen Grant MP promotes Channel 4's 2016 recruitment programme

The Channel 4 Apprenticeship Scheme has just opened for applications for the September 2016 intake and Helen Grant MP is urging constituents to apply, particularly those with disabilities. Helen...


03 JUL 2016

Helen Grant MP promotes Channel 4's 2016 recruitment programme

The Channel 4 Apprenticeship Scheme has just opened for applications for the September 2016 intake and Helen Grant MP is urging constituents to apply, particularly those with disabilities. Helen...


01 JUL 2016

MP goes back to school

Sissinghurst Primary School talk to Helen Grant after Brexit Vote Helen with Headteacher Cathy Penfold and students Sasha and Mattin at Sissinghurst Primary School At her first school engagement...


01 JUL 2016

'Keeping the Barbie hot is just the tip of the iceberg' says MP Helen Grant

Helen with Harry Saunders (Distribution Transport Supervisor) Jake Holden (Work Experience Student from Cranbrook School) and Paul Blacklock (Head of Strategy & Corporate Affairs) at the Calor Gas...


29 JUN 2016

Schools get back to the roots of nature

MP delighted to give school's a special opportunity Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone and the Weald, was pleased to learn that Primary Schools in her constituency are being offered the chance to plant...


27 JUN 2016

Maidstone's Premium Vegan Eatery hosts Amnesty International Fundraiser

Local MP helps promote campaign against FGM and forced early marriage Helen Grant MP with Chipo Kamntanda, Victoria Gascoine, Carol Infanti (Regional President Elect) and Janet Hughes, Maidstone...


01 JUN 2016

The EU Referendum & Diversity

On Friday 24th May 2016, Helen Grant MP hosted an EU Remain Event at the CFT Cathedral, Woolwich. The audience was packed out with 30 church leaders and over 1000 churchgoers.  The following is an...


03 MAY 2016

London Road traffic update from Helen Grant MP

Maidstone, Kent 03-05-16: Local MP Helen Grant has been pursuing the developers for a resolution to the traffic chaos caused by the works at the Beaver Road junction with the A20 in Allington,...


03 MAY 2016

Former Sports Minister Backs FA Girls' Football Week

FA Girls' Football Week has proved a resounding success with more than double the original target of players taking part Former Sports Minister and MP for Maidstone & The Weald, Helen Grant gave her...


29 APR 2016

Helen Grant MP welcomes Secretary of State to Maidstone

Home Secretary, Theresa May MP and PCC Candidate Matthew Scott joined Helen Grant MP at Maidstone and Mid Kent Mind (MMKM) to hear how their Wellbeing Centre supports local people experiencing...


22 APR 2016

It's a dog's life!

Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant was the guest of honour at the Grand Opening of 'Victoria Paws' – a premier Dog Salon based from home in Barming, Maidstone on Friday 22nd...


21 APR 2016

Minister acts upon MPs plea for a 'National Dispersal System' for unaccompanied children

Maidstone, Kent 21-04-16: Immigration Minister James Brokenshire MP has announced that there will be a National Dispersal System to ensure Unaccompanied Children arriving from Europe are taken in...


21 APR 2016

Minister acts upon MPs plea for a 'National Dispersal System' for unaccompanied children

Maidstone, Kent 21-04-16: Immigration Minister James Brokenshire MP has announced that there will be a National Dispersal System to ensure Unaccompanied Children arriving from Europe are taken in...


20 APR 2016

MP demands fairness for Kent on Europe's unaccompanied children

'National Dispersal System is urgently needed' says Helen Grant In a Commons debate about 'Unaccompanied Children' yesterday the MP for Maidstone & The Weald intervened to highlight the tremendous...


20 APR 2016

MP demands fairness for Kent on Europe's unaccompanied children

'National Dispersal System is urgently needed' says Helen Grant In a Commons debate about 'Unaccompanied Children' yesterday the MP for Maidstone & The Weald intervened to highlight the tremendous...


19 APR 2016

Future of British fruit industry under serious threat

MP and Kent farmers confront DEFRA over major concerns facing the industry Westminster, London 13-04-16; Major changes are needed if the Garden of England is to survive as a commercial...


14 APR 2016

BBC Diversity Debate

Maidstone & the Weald MP Helen Grant joined with Labour colleague David Lammy MP to bring to the House of Commons, the first ever debate on Diversity in the BBC today. Speaking prior, Mrs Grant...


13 APR 2016

Future of British fruit industry under serious threat

MP and Kent farmers confront DEFRA over major concerns facing the industry Westminster, London 13-04-16; Major changes are needed if the Garden of England is to survive as a commercial...


31 MAR 2016

Happy Birthday Your Majesty

Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant MP was invited this week to sign the Queen's online Birthday Book in light of her upcoming celebrations. The book which is completely free to use, will...


30 MAR 2016

Political Parties and BME Political Participation

A YouElect event at Parliament sponsored by Helen Grant MP, former Minister for women and equalities A report by Helen Grant for Nigerian Watch -  30-03-16 YouElect's second BME political...


18 MAR 2016

Chibok Girls

Helen Grant MP's comment for The Voice Online - 18-03-16 Helen with other members of the International Development Parliamentary Select Committee and #BBOG campaigners in Unity Fountain Park, Abuja...


08 MAR 2016

MP celebrates Cranbrook School's successful campaign

School to admit Year 7 students from 2017 Cranbrook School is celebrating a watershed moment in its almost 500 year history as Government approves their application to admit year 7 students from...


05 FEB 2016

Staplehurst campaigners celebrate as Great Pagehurst application is refused

Helen Grant MP: 'This Solar Farm battle is won, but the war has just begun' After three years and an exhaustive opposition campaign Maidstone Borough Council last night refused an application to...


27 JAN 2016

Helen Grant MP signs Holocaust Educational Trust Book of Commitment

This week Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone & The Weald signed the Holocaust Educational Trust's Book of Commitment. In doing so she has pledged her commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and to...


26 JAN 2016

Helen Grant shows support for black, Asian and minority ethnic women living with breast cancer

Helen Grant MP attended a Breast Cancer Care event in Parliament this week to show her support for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) women living with breast cancer. The event marked the launch of a new report...


26 JAN 2016

Rural mobile phone signals - MP keeps up the pressure for better service

Show me your 'Not Spots' says Helen Grant Helen Grant is once again calling upon her constituents to identify mobile phone 'not spots' in Maidstone & the Weald. Mrs Grant is following up on a public...


05 JAN 2016

Helen Grant MP celebrates Bus Committee success for rural school children

In the weeks running up to Christmas, Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant grasped the concerns of constituents regarding certain rural bus services seriously affecting our school children. Firstly...


23 DEC 2015

Helen Grant MP attends Maidstone Apprentice Academy Open Day

Helen joins Academy Manager Trayciegh Hendy (centre) and staff MP for Maidstone and the Weald Helen Grant was delighted to visit Maidstone based Apprentice Academy '3aaa' at their premises in...


15 DEC 2015

Helen Grant MP to bridge the Atlantic with Kent Vineyards

English sparkling wine wins challenge against Champagne says new report Helen Grant MP with Herbert Hall Founder Nick Hall (left), Associate Winemaker Peter Morgan and Winemaker Kirsty...


30 NOV 2015

MP visits new ward at Maidstone Hospital

Trust Opens £3 Million Respiratory Ward at Maidstone Hospital Helen Grant MP was invited to view the newly refurbished 31-bed respiratory ward which will open at Maidstone Hospital on Monday 30...


30 NOV 2015

Helen Grant MP takes the Blindfold Challenge

Promoting the 'My Guide' partnership scheme for the blind and partially sighted Maidstone & The Weald MP Helen Grant walked blindfolded through the streets of Maidstone on Friday last week to help...


26 NOV 2015

Fair School Funding Breakthrough in Comprehensive Spending Review

Helen Grant MP has welcomed the Chancellor's commitment to introduce fair school funding as part of today's Comprehensive Spending Review. A new funding formula will set a national rate that every...


25 NOV 2015

Helen Grant MP welcomes Comprehensive Spending Review

Kent is clearly on the Chancellor's radar Maidstone & The Weald MP Helen Grant has welcomed the Chancellor's Comprehensive Spending Review. Up to £250 million was pledged to relieve the...


17 NOV 2015

MP polls 1000 Marden residents about Solar farms

The Southerly view of Widehurst Farm  Maidstone & The Weald MP Helen Grant has turned up the heat in the fight to prevent Solar Farms from blighting the landscape in the Low Weald of Kent. She...


16 NOV 2015

Vice Presidents visit Maidstone Mencap

MP Helen Grant visited a playgroup session at Maidstone Mencap in Cobtree Hall recently to meet with President Andrew Wellsand Trustees. She was joined by her fellow Vice Presidents Tom Tugendhat...


12 NOV 2015

'Progress at last' says MP

Helen Grant delighted as Cranbrook Town Centre regeneration is set to proceed Cranbrook, Kent 12-11-15: Last night the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council planning committee conditionally approved an...


04 NOV 2015

MP reveals Cranbrook survey results

Town gives overwhelming support for Community Hub plans Maidstone & The Weald MP Helen Grant has revealed the results of her recent survey of Cranbrook Residents ahead of next week's planning...


02 NOV 2015

Helen Grant MP opens new Indian Take-Away Jhal Chilli

Helen Grant MP was delighted to open a new Indian take-away, Jhal Chilli on Friday 30th October 2015. Mrs Grant joined owner Shirazur Rahman and Heart of Kent Hospice representative, Dyanne Cox in the...


21 OCT 2015

MP polls 2000 Cranbrook residents about Community Hub

Maidstone & The Weald MP Helen Grant has stepped up the pressure in the fight for Cranbrook's new Community Hub. She has personally written to almost 2000 local households asking for their views and...


14 OCT 2015

Helen Grant MP welcomes a new commuter coach service

Helen Grant MP has welcomed the launch of a new affordable coach service which will benefit local workers commuting to London. Provided by The Kings Ferry (part of National Express) the service...


22 SEP 2015

Helen Grant MP cited by Minister following fairer planning rules announcement

Last week the Department for Communities and Local Government announced new planning guidelines for Traveller Sites. It was a success story for Maidstone & The Weald where MP Helen Grant has been...


21 SEP 2015

MP's fight to stop rural speeding unites police, councillors and communities

A campaign to reduce traffic speeding in The Weald has gathered new momentum as Helen Grant's Rural Speeding workinggroup agreed their first steps in tackling the scourge. After raising the issue...


13 SEP 2015

MP Helen Grant presents special award to Maidstone Mela

Helen Grant presents Veteran volunteer Dennis Edwards with special award at Maidstone Mela Longstanding Maidstone Mela volunteer of 12 years received a lovely surprise at the 2015 festival of culture...


11 SEP 2015

Conservatives celebrate By-Election victory in Fant

MP Helen Grant praises text book campaign Conservative activists reflected and celebrated a hard fought by-election in Fant Ward, Maidstone after securing victory last Thursday night. Winning...


24 AUG 2015

MP leads local campaign against pavement parking alongside Sobell Lodge staff and residents

'Parking on Pavements is hazardous, and here's the proof' said Maidstone & the Weald MP Helen Grant during a visit to Staplehurst on Friday 21st August. On a recent previous visit, Helen and Tracy...


14 JUL 2015

Helen Grant MP sponsors Benenden Westminster reception

Helen Grant, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald welcomed Benenden - the health & wellbeing provider and mutual community – to Westminster last week, as they played host to 140 guests...


13 JUL 2015

Maidstone Girls in top two of over 1000 UK teams

Helen Grant, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald was delighted to join the Girls' Football Team at Loose Primary School recently to celebrate their success at the under 11's Danone...


13 JUL 2015

Driving Down Speed Limits - Success for Helen Grant MP and Local Campaigners!

Helen Grant, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald, recently visited St. Helen's Montessori School in East Farleigh to celebrate the success of the local 'Stop Speeding' petition.  The...


25 MAR 2015

Victory for Campaigners as Cripple Street housing application is put to bed

There was success for campaigners last week, as Maidstone Borough Council's Planning Committee rejected a proposed housing application for 36 homes on a greenfield site in Cripple Street. Helen Grant,...


17 MAR 2015

Local MP turns up the heat on proposed Solar Farm at Great Pagehurst Farm

Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone & the Weald, recently visited the Great Pagehurst Farm in Staplehurst, where Vogt Solar Ltd are planning to build an industrial solar power station across 53 acres of...


17 MAR 2015

'Shadow Helen' Winners Visit Westminster

The MP for Maidstone and the Weald, Helen Grant, welcomed the winners of her 'Shadow Helen' competition to Westminster last week as a part of their politics in action experience. Remi Rebelo, Harry...


10 MAR 2015

'Inspiring Women in Sport' Helen Grant MP chats to local students

After speaking at the launch of the 'Inspiring Women in Sport' campaign, Helen Grant the MP for Maidstone & the Weald, volunteered to voice her support locally and share her experiences of being a...


10 MAR 2015

Marking National Apprenticeship Week - Helen Grant MP praises KCC local apprenticeship scheme

National Apprenticeship Week celebrates apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on businesses, individuals and the wider economy. MP for Maidstone & the Weald, Helen Grant supported the...


10 MAR 2015

Minister Praises Sport Activity at Loose Primary School

Maidstone, Kent 06-03-15: Helen Grant MP, Minister for Sport, is looking closely at sport development across the country, particularly within younger people at grass roots levels. On Friday 6th March...


10 MAR 2015

Helen Grant MP Wins Deal for Pensioners with Renown Buses - Including a day trip to the New Forrest this Summer!

Maidstone, Kent 10-03-15: Maidstone and The Weald MP Helen Grant continued with her mission to get a better deal for pensioners last week. Senior representatives from Renown buses heeded a call from...


05 MAR 2015

Helen stands up for pensioners across the constituency following huge survey response

Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone and the Weald, stepped up her campaign to stand up for pensioners on Monday 2nd March 2015 following a huge survey of older residents across the constituency. Mrs...


19 FEB 2015

Win for campaigners on Rural Speeding

Campaigners say they've won a new deal from the police to crack down on speeding through rural villages in the Weald after a speed summit with Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner. The meeting set up...


12 FEB 2015

Rural mobile phone and broadband services

Helen Grant chairs packed public meeting on mobile phone and broadband coverage in rural areas. Minister of State for Digital Economy & Four Major UK Networks promise significant...


10 FEB 2015

MP represents Maidstone Commuters in South Eastern meeting

Maidstone, Kent, Friday 6th February 2015: The MP for Maidstone and the Weald Helen Grant met with a senior representative from South Eastern Trains last week to present feedback on their...


09 FEB 2015

Benenden Village shows how to use the Localism Bill

Helen Grant MP praises best practice in model approach Maidstone, Kent, 07-02-15: Helen Grant has praised the community of Benenden in creating a vision of the future for their idyllic Kentish...


09 FEB 2015

MP Helen Grant 'over the moon' at schools' funding annoucement

MP and Secretary of State celebrate news on schools on joint visit Helen Grant, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald, and Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education celebrated the...


09 FEB 2015

Campaigners win another battle in the fight to save Fant Farm from housing development

Helen Grant MP and local residents stand firm Maidstone, Kent, 07-02-15: Following a huge effort from local people working together with their MP and Ward Councillors, the Cabinet of Maidstone...


06 FEB 2015

Helen Grant MP speaks about power of partnership working at CPRE Kent Flood Conference

Helen Grant tells CPRE flood conference delegates: "Major funding applications must be supported by a joined up campaign before Ministers will act" Maidstone, Kent, Friday 6th February 2015: The...


04 FEB 2015

Helen Grant MP joins residents to oppose further developments on Greenfield sites in Barming

Helen Grant, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald, met with local residents in Barming recently after being contacted regarding concerns over a potential development in the beautiful...


26 JAN 2015

Maidstone MP meets Secretary of State seeking Operation Stack solutions

Helen Grant caught up in the chaos herself Maidstone, Kent 26-01-15: Maidstone & the Weald MP Helen Grant fell victim to the chaos surrounding the closure of the Channel Tunnel last week and has...


21 JAN 2015

Helen Grant steps up campaign for commuters

MP secures concessions from Department for Transport and will chair 2nd meeting with Southeastern Helen Grant, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald, stepped up her campaign for commuters...


21 JAN 2015

Helen Grant welcomes Brunswick House School to Parliament

60 children tour the Palace of Westminster  Maidstone, Kent 21-01-15: In one of the largest groups to visit the Houses of Parliament, 60 year 6 children from Brunswick House Primary School took a...


21 JAN 2015

MP backs residents in opposing Cripple Street & Postley Road Developments

Helen Grant to write to Chief Executive and Head of Planning at Maidstone Borough Council to strongly oppose plans Helen Grant, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald, is supporting...


19 JAN 2015

Competition to shadow Helen reaches exciting crescendo!

YOUNG POLITICAL TALENT MEET IN MAIDSTONE FOR FINAL Maidstone, Kent – 19th January 2015: Young people from across the constituency of Maidstone and the Weald will be battling it out for the chance...


09 JAN 2015

MP's stop-speeding campaign finds fresh young legs!

Helen Grant takes campaign to County Hall supported by schoolchildren, parents, teachers, residents & councillors Friday January 9th 2015: Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone and the Weald, took her...


07 JAN 2015

MP calls second meeting with Arriva bus management to address ongoing problems with service

Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone and the Weald, will convene and chair a second meeting with the Arriva Bus management team on Friday 9th January to tackle ongoing problems with the company's services...


06 JAN 2015

MP steps up stop-speeding campaign in Maidstone and the Weald

Helen Grant to present letter and petitions on speeding to Kent County Council Helen Grant, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald, will present two petitions on speeding to Kent County...


23 DEC 2014

MP thanks postmen & women for their hard work at Christmas

Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone and the Weald, visited Royal Mail's Maidstone delivery office on Friday. She wanted to see for herself the massive operation undertaken there at Christmas and pay...


22 DEC 2014

Local MP joins Alzheimer's Society for Festive Fundraising and Carols at Maidstone's Mall Shopping Centre

Helen Grant joined the Alzheimer's Society at Maidstone's Mall Shopping Centre on Friday singing festive favourites fundraising for people with Dementia. Alzheimer's Society staff and volunteers...


19 DEC 2014

Festive fun at MP's Christmas surgeries

The MP for Maidstone and the Weald, Helen Grant, held her final two surgeries of the year today at Asda Living in Maidstone and Tesco in Tovil with Christmas cheer aplenty. Speaking afterwards, the...


17 DEC 2014

Helen Grant takes Benenden Primary School funding fight to the top

MP for Maidstone and the Weald meets the Secretary of State for Education to discuss new school building for Benenden Helen Grant met with the Education Secretary Nicky Morgan on Wednesday December...


10 DEC 2014

Local MP and Minister for the First World War Centenary, Helen Grant, attends Carol Service for Christmas Truce

All Saints Church, Maidstone 07-12-14: Helen Grant, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald, Minister for Sport and the Minister responsible for the Government's First World War Centenary...


10 DEC 2014

Maidstone MP & Tourism Minister Helen Grant champions local firms for Small Business Saturday

Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone and the Weald and Minister for Tourism, championed small businesses in Maidstone on Saturday as part of Small Business Saturday. Mrs Grant visited several businesses in...


10 DEC 2014

Christmas Cheer as Helen chooses Christmas Card Competition Winner

Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone and the Weald and Minister for Sport and Tourism, has chosen Chiamaka Mbadike, Aged 9, to design her official Christmas Card for 2014. Chiamaka, from St Francis Catholic...


02 DEC 2014

MP's Wealden survey sparks mobile coverage campaign

Public meeting in February to tackle mobile coverage black spots Cranbrook 02-12-14 - Helen Grant, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald and Minister at the Department of Culture, Media &...


02 DEC 2014

Partnership working secures Flood Funding for Kent

Government commits to 2 new flood defence schemes for flood-hit areas Yalding 02-12-2014 - The Government has today announced more than £17m of funding for Kent to deliver 2 new flood defence...


19 NOV 2014

Maidstone students interview Helen before winning Digital Democracy prize for Parliament Week

Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone and the Weald and Minister for Sport and Tourism, was grilled by Oakwood School students last week as part of a Digital Democracy competition called Hardcopy or...


19 NOV 2014

Helen Grant recognised by Powerlist 100

Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone and the Weald and Minister for Sport and Tourism, was recognised by the Powerlist 2015 on Monday, celebrating the 100 most influential people of African and...


12 NOV 2014

Helen Grant brokers breakthrough deal with Southern Water

30 year sewage stalemate to end alongside strategic review for future development Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone and the Weald, organised and chaired a roundtable meeting of parish, borough and county...


11 NOV 2014

Helen Grant MP supports Help for Heroes at Asda Living on Remembrance Sunday

Maidstone, Kent 09-11-14; 200 miles in two days – that was the target Help for Heroes fundraisers set themselves for their Big Battlefield Bike Ride last weekend. Helen Grant MP went along to...


04 NOV 2014

Halloween Helen visits Team Tutsham at their fundraising spooktacular

1st November 2014, West Farleigh, Maidstone; Dozens of ghastly ghouls gathered together on Tutsham Farm, West Farleigh last Saturday, attempting to out-do each other in a fundraising fancy dress...


04 NOV 2014

Marden and Staplehurst's sorry sewage systems

Residents prepare carefully for meeting with Southern Water Helen Grant, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald, convened a meeting of residents and local councillors on Friday 31st...


03 NOV 2014

Helen Grant and leading sports charity host national conference on Women's Sport

Maidstone and the Weald MP and Sports Minister Helen Grant called on businesses, the media and sports governing bodies to help improve the gender balance in sport when she hosted a national conference...


29 OCT 2014

Helen Grant and Sir John Stanley take flood partnership working to the very top

Flood defence funding decision for Kent expected on December 3rd 2014 Funding decisions for major flood defence projects are likely to be published in the Chancellor's autumn statement on December...


22 OCT 2014

Helen meets South Eastern to ensure train services for Maidstone are on track

Helen Grant met with South Eastern trains on Wednesday October 22nd to ensure Maidstone and the Weald train services were on track, following the renewal of the company's franchise on October...


21 OCT 2014

Helen Grant: new apprenticeships mean more young people in Maidstone and the Weald getting the skills they need for the future

Helen Grant has welcomed new figures showing 580 new apprenticeships were started by people in Maidstone and the Weald last year. In total 2,550 new apprenticeships have been started in Maidstone and...


21 OCT 2014

MP Helen Grant searches for politicians of the future

Helen Grant is once again giving local teenagers the chance to 'Shadow' her in the lead up to the 2015 General Election. First run back in 2008, the initiative has welcomed dozens of students from...


14 OCT 2014

Helen chairs second flood forum for Maidstone and the Weald

Secretary of State commends 'Partnership Working' as a model approach for others to follow Maidstone, Kent, 14-10-14: Helen Grant, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald, convened and...


30 SEP 2014

Survey sparks Southern Water sewage campaign

MP, Borough Council Leader and Parish Councillors join forces to deal with debacle Marden, Kent – 30th September 2014: A survey of 1500 people in the village of Marden in August 2014, by Helen...


30 SEP 2014

Arriva Bus Management held to account

MP chairs round table meeting to improve services in Staplehurst Maidstone, Kent 30-09-14: 'Our school children can't get home at night' say Staplehurst Parents. That was one of the ongoing concerns...


17 SEP 2014

Minister for Sport and Maidstone MP Helen Grant on the mats at Combat Martial Arts

Wednesday 17th September 2014: Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone and the Weald and Minister for Sport, popped in to a Combat Martial Arts training session in Hunton Village Hall last night to check out...


17 SEP 2014

Minister for Sport and Maidstone & the Weald MP Helen Grant officially opens High Weald Academy's new Sports Hall

Helen Grant, UK Minister for Sport and MP for Maidstone and the Weald officially opened High Weald Academy's new £1.2m Sports Hall yesterday. As a specialist sports college the Academy recognises the...


09 SEP 2014

Helen Grant MP moves into Maidstone East Station - New Constituency office now open

Maidstone, Kent September 9th 2014; Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant has re-located her Constituency office to Maidstone East Station after her former office building at Link House, Knightrider...


26 AUG 2014

MP enters consultation debate on Bridge Nursery development plans

Helen Grant has written to Maidstone Borough Council voicing her concerns about a proposed housing development on the Bridge Nursery site in London Road, Allington. It follows the results of a survey...


08 AUG 2014

Helen Grant MP drops in to Marden history exhibition marking First World War Centenary

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald and the minister responsible for the government's First World War Centenary commemorations dropped in the Marden history exhibition on...


01 AUG 2014

Sports Minister welcomes decision to allow 3G pitches in Football Conference

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald and Minister for Sport, has welcomed the Football Conference's decision to allow 3G surfaces in all 3 divisions from the 2015/16...


29 JUL 2014

Helen Grant MP calls for lights out across Kent to mark First World War Centenary

This year marks one hundred years since the beginning of the First World War. Next Monday (4 August) is the centenary of the day that Britain entered that war, beginning a four-year conflict that not...


23 JUL 2014

Meet Helen for a chat and a cuppa!

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone & The Weald, will be hosting a "Meet Helen" morning offering coffee, tea and biscuits at Abigail's Coffee Shop in the Unicorn Pub and Restaurant,...


23 JUL 2014

Sports Minister and Maidstone MP Helen Grant signals the start of Big Fun Run in Maidstone's Mote Park

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald and Minister for Sport, signalled the start of the Big Fun Run around Maidstone's Mote Park on Saturday. The 5K Big Fun Run is one of...


23 JUL 2014

Tourism Minister and local MP Helen Grant drops into Greenworld Pets in Staplehurst

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald and Minister for Tourism, dropped into Greenworld Pets in Staplehurst to check out the facilities, learn about their work and meet the...


16 JUL 2014

Tourism Minister & Maidstone MP Helen Grant bangs the drum for schools' 'Explorer Day' at Maidstone Museum

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone & The Weald and Minister for Tourism, attended a schools' 'Explorer Day' at Maidstone Museum on Friday as part of the Museums and Schools' project...


15 JUL 2014

Helen Grant welcomes Maidstone soldiers to Parliament

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald and Minister for Sport & Tourism, has welcomed soldiers from Maidstone Invicta Park Barracks for a tour of Big Ben & The Elizabeth...


15 JUL 2014

Helen writes to schools across Maidstone & The Weald encouraging them to help create a war memorial of words

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald and the minister responsible for the Government's First World War Centenary commemorations, has written to primary and secondary...


01 JUL 2014

Helen Grant MP in and around the constituency at local fetes

MP Helen Grant was in and around her rural communities last Saturday as she attended two village fetes. First stop was Staplehurst where Surrenden Field offered a funfair, live stage, and traditional...


01 JUL 2014

Helen Grant MP announces new community outreach surgeries

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone & The Weald, has announced two further community outreach surgeries owing to the popularity of her regular surgeries at Asda Living on St Peter...


18 JUN 2014

Helen Grant MP visits St Michael's Infant School in Fant after 3rd 'outstanding' OFSTED inspection

On Friday, Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald and Minister for Sport & Tourism, visited St Michael's Infant School in Fant after their 3rd 'outstanding' OFSTED...


17 JUN 2014

Sports Minister drops into Palace Wood Primary's Sports Day following their win in the Maidstone Hockey Championships

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald and Minister for Sport, dropped into Palace Wood Primary's Sports Day in Allington on Friday, to congratulate the Year 6 Hockey team on...


10 JUN 2014

Tourism Minister Helen Grant finds out what makes a successful apprentice

Friday 6th June 2014, Maidstone, Kent: Helen Grant MP is on a mission in her role as Tourism Minister to find ways of bringing more skilled people into the British Hospitality industry and reap the...


09 JUN 2014

Sports Minister Helen Grant presents prizes at Maidstone Riverbank fundraiser run

Sunday 8th June 2014, Maidstone Kent: Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone & the Weald and Minister for Sport, joined a merry band of fundraisers on the riverbank in Maidstone to welcome almost 150 runners...


29 MAY 2014

Helen Grant MP visits Pegasus Gymnastics Club in Tovil

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald and Minister for Sport, visited Pegasus Gymnastics Club last week to check out their new facilities. The Club provides international...


29 MAY 2014

Helen Grant MP opens Easistore in Maidstone

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, joined the Mayor of Maidstone to open Easistore Self Storage in Maidstone last week. The new Maidstone storage facility is located on...


22 MAY 2014

Helen Grant MP convenes meeting with Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs to discuss flooding across Maidstone & The Weald

On Tuesday, Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, convened a meeting with the Right Honourable Owen Paterson MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs,...


21 MAY 2014

Helen Grant MP and Asda team up for Maidstone

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald, will be holding a 'Meet Helen' event at the Asda Living store in St Peter Street, Maidstone on Friday 30th May between...


21 MAY 2014

Helen Grant MP attends Mini World Cup at Maidstone United

On Friday, Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald and Minister for Sport, attended the Mini World Cup at Maidstone United's Gallagher Stadium. The event, co-ordinated by...


12 MAY 2014

Helen Grant MP commemorates bicentenary of Cranbrook's Union Windmill

On Saturday 10 May, Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald and Minister for Tourism, unveiled a plaque at Vestry Hall in Cranbrook to commemorate John Russell and celebrate...


28 APR 2014

Helen Grant MP attends Marden Health Fair

On Saturday 26th April, Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald and Minister for Sport, attended Marden Health Fair supported by the Marden Business Forum. Speaking after the...


02 APR 2014

Tourism Minister and Kent MP Helen Grant helps to launch Kent Big Weekend and English Tourism Week

On Friday 28th March, Helen Grant, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald and Minister for Tourism, helped launch Visit Kent's Big Weekend and English Tourism Week at the Kent Life family...


24 MAR 2014

Helen Grant welcomes decision on 3G pitches in the FA Cup and raises ban on 3G pitches in Football Conference

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald and Minister for Sport, has held early discussions with FA executives and a senior representative from the Football Conference to...


14 MAR 2014

Helen Grant attends Celebrate Maidstone Gala Awards

On Friday 14th March, Helen Grant MP attended the Celebrate Maidstone Gala Awards at the Clive Emson Conference Centre, Kent County Show Ground. Celebrate Maidstone was set up in 2012 by a group of...


11 MAR 2014

Helen Grant attends England v Ireland Girls International

Minister for Sport Helen Grant lent her support to the England under - 15 Girls team, as they took on the Republic of Ireland in an international friendly on Saturday 8th March. Played at Maidstone's...


03 MAR 2014

Helen Grant pledges to support bid for flood defence funding

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, on Friday 28th February chaired a round table meeting of key stakeholders and local individuals to discuss recent flooding in the...


06 FEB 2014

Helen Grant calls for roundtable meeting on flooding

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, has written to stakeholders across the region inviting them to join her for a roundtable meeting to discuss the recent floods. Many...


25 JAN 2014

Helen Grant Visits KIXX Chinese Martial Arts

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald, dropped in to visit KIXX Chinese Martial Arts in Maidstone on Saturday, and was given a tour of the club by Sifu Nigel...


25 JAN 2014

Helen Grant Visits Mote Squash Club

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, dropped in on Saturday to see Mote Squash Club host their Open Day. Founded in 1978, and based in Willow Way, Mote Squash Club was...


10 JAN 2014

Helen Grant visits British Wireless for the Blind Fund

Helen Grant visits British Wireless for the Blind Fund Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, dropped in to meet the team at British Wireless for the Blind Fund, and to...


10 JAN 2014

Helen Grant Skates in to see Kent Artistic Roller Dance Club

Helen Grant Skates in to see Kent Artistic Roller Dance Club Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, visited the Kent Artistic Roller Dance Club on Friday night at the...


30 DEC 2013

Maidstone Churches Winter Shelter campaign gets going

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, helped to launch the Maidstone Churches Winter Shelter campaign last Monday, and joined volunteers in the United Reformed Church to...


17 DEC 2013

Helen Grant announces winner of Christmas card competition

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, announced the winner of her festive Christmas card competition on Friday, and surprised the talented student by attending her school...


13 DEC 2013

Helen Grant visits Maidstone YMCA

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, visited Maidstone YMCA on Friday, and was given a tour of their facilities by Chief Executive Lynda Dale. Re-opened in 2011, the new...


12 DEC 2013

Helen Grant welcomes Ken Clarke to Maidstone and The Weald

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, was delighted to welcome Ken Clarke MP, Minister without Portolio in the Cabinet, to Maidstone and The Weald on Thursday 12th December...


04 NOV 2013

Helen Enjoys First Successful Outreach Surgery

Helen holds regular surgeries throughout the year in both Central Maidstone and in Cranbrook for residents of The Weald. In addition to this, she decided to create a new type of 'Outreach Surgery',...


22 OCT 2013

New Church Winter Shelter Initiative For Maidstone's Homeless: MP Helen To Be One Of The First Volunteers

Maidstone's provisions for homeless people in winter will see a brand new service starting this year, and Maidstone and The Weald MP, Helen Grant, is giving it her full support. Maidstone Churches'...


12 OCT 2013

New Tourism Minister, Helen Grant, Visits Kent Life

Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone and The Weald, joined the team from Visit Kent for her first trip to a popular tourist attraction in her new role as Tourism Minister at the Department for Culture, Media...


07 OCT 2013

Helen Launches Christmas Card Competition

Helen Grant MP, the Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, has launched a competition for primary school children to design her Christmas Card for 2013. Helen will shortly be writing to...


27 SEP 2013

Helen Visits Kent Institute Of Medicine And Surgery

Helen Grant MP, the Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, visited the construction site for the new Kent Institute of Medicine and Surgery in Maidstone on Friday 27th September to meet...


06 SEP 2013

Helen Grant Visits The Maidstone Mela

Helen Grant MP, the Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald, visited the Maidstone Mela this weekend and met with a number of groups playing key roles in the event. With the aim of...


28 AUG 2013

Helen Meets Tuition Academy

Helen Grant MP, the Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, dropped in on Tuition Academy in Maidstone on Wednesday, and met with Academy Manager, Debbie Lewis, to hear about the services...


28 AUG 2013

Helen Grant Visits Kikiland

Helen Grant MP, the Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, visited Kikiland on Wednesday and took a tour of the new children's play centre. Based in The Mall in Maidstone, Kikiland was...


19 JUL 2013

Helen Visits ADL

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, visited Automotive Distributors Limited (ADL) and had a tour of their offices in Marden, Kent. ADL is a specialist automotive parts...


19 JUL 2013

Helen Visits UKresettlement

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, dropped in to visit UK Resettlement and was given a tour of their new resettlement accommodation by Chief Executive, Dr. Albert...


19 JUL 2013

Helen Grant Drops In On Scarab Sweepers

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, visited Scarab Sweepers on Friday for a tour and a briefing on the company's progress. Founded in 1979, Scarab Sweepers manufactures...


14 JUN 2013

Helen Visits Benenden School

Helen Grant MP, the Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, visited Benenden school on Friday, where she was treated to a tour of the campus followed by tea with the Deputy Head Teacher,...


14 JUN 2013

Helen Meets With Sixth Formers From Cranbrook School And The High Weald Academy

Helen Grant MP, the Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, visited Cranbrook School on Friday for a question and answer session with sixth form students from Cranbrook School and The High...


08 JUN 2013

Helen Opens Cobtree Manor Park

Helen Grant MP, the Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald joined Maidstone Councillor, John Wilson, on Saturday to unveil Phase Two of the Cobtree Manor Park Project. The Cobtree Manor...


08 JUN 2013

Helen Meets Disabled Christians' Fellowship

Helen Grant MP, the Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, visited Allington Baptist Church on Saturday to speak to the Disabled Christians' Fellowship in Maidstone. Starting in Bristol...


08 JUN 2013

Helen Opens Maidstone Mencap's Summer Fayre

Helen Grant MP, the Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, opened Maidstone Mencap's Summer Fayre on Saturday and accepted a cheque for £4,000 from Cobtree Scottish Country Dance Group on...


08 JUN 2013

Helen Visits Sissinghurst Scouts

Helen Grant MP, the Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, met with Sissinghurst Scouts on Saturday to officially open their 2013 Project – a 'Sensory Perception Room' and garden. She...


15 MAY 2013

Helen Supports 'A Taste Of Kent' Day At Parliament

Helen Grant MP, the Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, attended and showed her support for 'A Taste of Kent' at the Houses of Parliament. Helen met with producers, stockists and small...


10 MAY 2013

Helen Visits The Blackthorn Trust

Helen Grant MP, the Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, visited the Blackthorn Trust on Friday, and was given a tour by its Chief Executive, Jan Prior.The Blackthorn Trust was founded in...


10 MAY 2013

Helen Celebrates Maidstone's Unsung Heroes

Helen Grant MP, the Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald, attended an event on Friday to celebrate some of Maidstone's unsung heroes.The second annual 'Celebrate Maidstone' Gala Dinner...


10 MAY 2013

Helen Celebrates Claygate's Growth

Helen Grant MP, the Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald, was invited to open a new warehouse for bathroom product wholesaler, Claygate Distribution, in her constituency on Friday. At a...


04 APR 2013

Helen Grant Welcomes Maidstone Rotary Club To Westminster

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald, today welcomed the Rotary Club of Maidstone to Westminster as part of the celebrations for their 90th anniversary.The Club were taken...


15 MAR 2013

Helen Grant Celebrates Red Nose Day With Fusion

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald, celebrated Red Nose Day by visiting Fusion Healthy Living Centre in Maidstone and meeting with Mike Fitzgerald, Chairman of...


15 MAR 2013

Helen Visits Tomorrow's People

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone, dropped in to visit the unemployment charity Tomorrow's People on Friday. Tomorrow's People works to provide support to adults and young people...


15 MAR 2013

Helen Visits The Princess Project

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald, visited the Princess Project in Maidstone on Friday, where she was given an update on the group's work by Project Leader, Emma...


14 MAR 2013

Helen Grant Questions Maidstone NHS Over Missed Target

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, has expressed her concern that Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is on course to be fined £1.5 million due to its inability to...


01 MAR 2013

Helen Grant Visits Linton Park School

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, visited Linton Park School on Friday, and was given a tour of their new Primary Department by Head of Primary, Kate Edwards. The new...


01 MAR 2013

Helen Grant Opens Voluntary Action Maidstone Conference

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, opened Maidstone's 4th annual Voluntary and Community Sector Conference on Friday. The Conference focussed on how social enterprise...


08 FEB 2013

Helen Discusses Politics With Students From Invicta Grammar School

Helen Grant MP, the Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, paid a visit to Invicta Grammar School on Friday 08th February 2013 to meet with students from the school and its partner school...


25 JAN 2013

Helen Visits Young Kent

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, dropped in to visit Young Kent on Friday, and was given a tour by new Chief Executive, Eve Johnson, and Chairman, Rupert...


18 JAN 2013

Helen Visits Cranbrook School

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, visited Cranbrook School in Cranbrook on Friday.  She met with the new Head Teacher, John Weeds, and the Chairman of Governors,...


15 DEC 2012

A Cranbrook Christmas Carol

Community spirit reigns supreme in Cranbrook this Christmas time. From their impressive array of independent retailers, to Union Mill and the Cathedral of the Weald, there is little that isn't unique...


23 NOV 2012

Boxing Clever at Operation Yuletide

Local MP Helen Grant last week visited the High Weald Academy to help with the annual Operation Yuletide, now in its sixth year. Organised by Ann Cook, Operation Yuletide has sent countless numbers of...


23 NOV 2012

Mencap Christmas Bazaar at Cobtree

Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant last Saturday attended Maidstone Mencap's Christmas Bazaar at Cobtree Hall, Mote Park. This annual event aims to raise money for this much cherished charity,...


16 NOV 2012

Right Royal Success in Royal Star Shopping Centre

Christmas has come early to the Royal Star and Maidstone shoppers. The festively decorated Centre has had an influx of new stores, with one shop recently opening, two more in the next three weeks and...


12 OCT 2012

MP Helen Celebrates 21st Birthday of Tesco Schools Voucher Scheme

Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant, joined the shoppers of Tesco's Tovil branch last Friday to mark a very special anniversary. In 21 years Tesco's for Schools and Clubs has raised an incredible...


14 SEP 2012

And the Academy Award Goes to...

The best results in history. That is what the High Weald Academy were able to trumpet at their opening ceremony last week. Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant was there to cut the ribbon at what is...


14 SEP 2012

Changing the Face of Local Sport

Jumpers for goalposts conjures a very important image for most football fans. Real grassroots stuff. And West Farleigh Sports Club can consider themselves the next best thing. Local MP Helen Grant...


14 SEP 2012

Top Job in Maidstone

'Staff wanted' posters – a welcome sight anywhere in these tough times. Last week Maidstone Borough Council and Golding Homes got together to 'Get Maidstone Working'. It was a Jobs Fair that brought...


28 AUG 2012

Search Begins for 'Digital Hero' in Maidstone and the Weald

Helen Grant MP backs TalkTalk's Digital Heroes Awards £65,000 available for 12 projects in 12 regions across the UK New award for children and young people Helen Grant MP is calling for local...


06 AUG 2012

Helen Meets Kent Savers

Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant, met the team at Kent Savers during her constituency visits in early August to learn how credit union benefits individuals and communities. Based in the...


06 AUG 2012

Local MP Helen celebrates Crossroads Care

Following an invitation from the Chair of Trustees of Crossroads Care West Kent, local MP Helen Grant visited their offices to find out more about the invaluable work of carers who dedicate their time...


06 AUG 2012

Helen Currying Favour in Maidstone

Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant, cooked up a curry when she visited a local Indian restaurant to present a Parliamentary prize to the owner. Braving a monsoon-like torrential downpour last...


20 JUL 2012

Local MP Helen supports initiative to address alcohol abuse

Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant, has given full support to a Maidstone Town Centre Management initiative, which hopes to help address issues of alcohol abuse in the County Town. Innovative...


20 JUL 2012

MP’s Maidstone Mile

Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant, put her best foot forward as she joined a host of competitors to run the Maidstone Mile last Friday, in support of the Heart of Kent Hospice. In a fitting end...


19 JUL 2012

Helen Opens Hospice Shop

The Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald, Helen Grant MP, met the patron, trustees, staff and volunteers of the Heart of Kent Hospice, when she officially opened the latest shop for the...


16 JUL 2012

Local MP Helen Joins the Olympic Team

Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant, has been invited to be an Ambassador for the Olympic Games. She will be representing the Government by welcoming visitors from all over the world during London...


14 JUL 2012

MP Helen welcomed the Stones Home!

Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant, met players past and present, together with the management and supporters of Maidstone United FC, as they welcomed the Stones Home to the County Town on...


06 JUL 2012

Helen Opens School Extension

It seemed as if the whole village had turned out to meet Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant, as they packed into the new hall at Frittenden Church of England Primary School, last Friday. Helen...


05 JUL 2012

Exporting Good News from Westminster

MP for Maidstone and the Weald, Helen Grant, plugs the Kent County Show and promotes the farmers and fruit growers of the Garden of England in House of Commons. Speaking in the House of Commons,...


29 JUN 2012

MP Helen's Question Time!

"Have you got David Cameron's telephone number?" That was one of the questions asked of the Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant, when she met staff and children at Barming Primary School last...


27 JUN 2012

Maidstone Teenager Named 'Champion of Champions' in Schools Fishing Award

Freddie Lee Turner, 14, from Bower Grove School in Maidstone, won the Gold Award in the inaugural Fishing for Schools Awards at the Houses of Parliament, attended by local MP Helen Grant, and...


24 JUN 2012

Helen applauds Parks for People Project

Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant, applauded the work of Maidstone Borough Council Members and officers, undertaken during the Mote Park Restoration Project, when she attended the official...


22 JUN 2012

Helen praises OU students

Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant, was invited to present Open University certificates to twenty nine Sixth Form students last Friday, before touring the newly completed prestigious Sixth Form...


20 JUN 2012

'Hi Kent' Staff Welcomed in London by Helen Grant MP

As part of Hi Kent's 25th birthday celebrations, staff and trustees from the county's charity for deaf and hard of hearing people, were invited to visit the Palace of Westminster and meet their local...


20 JUN 2012

Helen Grant MP Welcomes Radical Immigration Changes

Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant has welcomed a major immigration overhaul which will help stop foreign criminals using human rights laws to dodge deportation. The new rules also ensure that...


16 JUN 2012

MP Supports Sunflower Power

Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant, met staff and local children when she visited the B&Q DIY store in Maidstone last Saturday, to support the store's Sunflower plant "giveaway" promotion and...


16 JUN 2012

Helen visits the Sissinghurst Flower Show

Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant, met friends and villagers once again when she paid a visit the annual Sissinghurst Flower Show last Saturday. On a bright but breezy spring afternoon, Helen...


16 JUN 2012

MP Helen Opens Maidstone MENCAP Summer Fair

Honorary Vice-President of the Maidstone Mencap Trust, Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant, officially opened the Maidstone Mencap Summer Fair, held last Saturday in Mote Park Maidstone Mencap is...


16 JUN 2012

A sign of the times for Yalding

It was a sign of the times when Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant, met friends and villagers, as she joined in the celebrations last Saturday, to unveil the new village sign at Yalding. To...


22 MAY 2012

The Birds and the Bees

This week local MP for Maidstone and the Weald, Helen Grant, raised hopes across the nation by asking the Deputy Prime Minister about the imminent pitter-patter of tiny Royal feet. Speaking in the...


21 MAY 2012

Helen Grant MP Welcomes More Support for Parents

Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone and the Weald, has welcomed a new information service which will provide advice to parents throughout pregnancy and the early years of a child's life. This digital...


18 MAY 2012

MP Helen Opens Trinity's New Building

Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant, was greeted with a warming song of welcome by the children, as she arrived to officially open the new building for the Trinity Pre-School in Maidstone last...


04 MAY 2012

MP Helen Visits "Homely" School!

Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant, met staff and pupils when she visited Brunswick House Primary School in Maidstone last Friday 4 May and was full of praise for all concerned. Children from...


27 APR 2012

MP Helen Helps Catch 22

Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant, is encouraging students to help young people and have great fun at the same time, by volunteering for the Catch 22 charity . Catch 22 have been contracted to...


23 MAR 2012

Helen Supports Fantastic Farmer's Market

Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant, met with local farmers, when she visited the Farmers Market in the Royal Star Shopping Arcade, last Friday. At the invitation of the Royal Star Arcade, local...


23 MAR 2012

Helen Helps Tackle Domestic Abuse

Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant, met professionals working to address issues relating to domestic abuse, as well as victims, when she gave the Keynote speech at the launch of K-DASH in...


23 MAR 2012

Local MP Opens the New-Look Maidstone Museum

Local MP Helen Grant, together with the Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr Brian Mortimer, officially opened the new East Wing extension and Bentlif Gallery, of the Maidstone Museum last Friday. The East Wing...


16 MAR 2012

Kent activists tell Helen Grant MP about physical health concerns of people with mental illness

Volunteer activists for the charity Rethink Mental Illness met with Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone and The Weald, today (Friday 16 March) to raise concerns that the physical health needs of local...


14 MAR 2012

Champagne moment for Herbert Hall sparkling wine

It was a champagne moment for Nick Hall of Herbert Hall fine wines as the House of Commons announced that it would include his English 'Traditional Method' sparkling wine on their lists throughout the...


07 MAR 2012

Local MP Helen welcomes capped benefits for families who don't work

Wednesday 7th March, Westminster, London: The Government's victory in passing the Welfare Reform Bill, ensuring that no family can get more in benefits than the average working family earns, has been...


23 FEB 2012

MP Responds to Report on Maidstone Prison

A report into Maidstone Prison, conducted by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons, was released this week. Many parts of the Prison were praised, but there were also problems highlighted concerning...


03 FEB 2012

Students in round table talks with MP!

Sixth Form students studying at the St Augustine Academy in Maidstone, engaged in round table talks last Friday, with the Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald, Helen Grant MP. Ever intent...


01 FEB 2012

Chance to be Chancellor

Young people in Maidstone and The Weald are to be given the Chance to be Chancellor and share their opinions on the Youth Budget 2012. Helen Grant (Con), MP for Maidstone and the Weald, is supporting...


27 JAN 2012

MP speaks to Maidstone Older People's Forum

Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant (Con), met numerous senior citizens when she spoke at a meeting of the Maidstone Older People's Forum, last Friday. In a packed Hazlitt Theatre Exchange...


20 JAN 2012

Helen Grant, MP, supports Maidstone 'Big Energy Week' event

Local MP Helen Grant took part in a special event run by Citizens Advice held at the Gateway office of Maidstone Borough Council on 20 January. Part of the nationwide 'Big Energy Week' programme, the...


19 JAN 2012

Helen Grant MP supports charity calls for urgent action to prevent babies' deaths

Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant, has attended a parliamentary reception in the House of Commons, organised by Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, for the launch of their new...


12 JAN 2012

Helen Grant MP Fights Forced Marriage

Survivors of early and forced marriage have got backing from a local MP – who took their cause to Westminster. Helen Grant, Conservative Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald, stood up...


06 JAN 2012

School's Speech Day leaves local MP speechless

Friday 6th January 2012, Maidstone, Kent: Local MP for Maidstone and the Weald (Con), Helen Grant, visited Maidstone Grammar School for Girls for their Sixth Form Speech Day. The occasion marked the...


21 DEC 2011

MP Meets Skateboard and Break-dance Entrepreneurs

Helen Grant, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald, met two budding young entrepreneurs when she visited the Trinity Foyer Project in Maidstone today. Trinity Foyer is a charitable...


21 DEC 2011

MP Hears Maidstone’s "Good News"

Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant, was encouraged by hearing good news about the County Town, when she attended an informal lunch meeting of local business leaders today. Hosted by Maidstone's...


30 NOV 2011

Shadow Helen 2011 - Maidstone and the Weald Young Politician Competiton Reaches Climax

Twelve budding young politicians have reached the final stage of the Shadow Helen 2011 competition which takes place this coming Saturday, 26th November 2011. Two winners will shadow Helen both in the...


28 NOV 2011

Preventing Forced Marriage in the UK

Speaking in Parliament on the 3rd anniversary of the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act, Helen Grant MP (Maidstone & the Weald), urged caution in response to calls for the offence to be...


26 NOV 2011

Maidstone Mencap's Bazaar Christmas

Local MP Helen Grant last weekend attended Maidstone Mencap's Christmas Bazaar at Cobtree Hall; an annual event aimed to raising money for this much cherished local charity, and a great day out for...


25 NOV 2011

Operation Yuletide packs a punch

Local MP Helen Grant last week visited Angley School to help with the annual Operation Yuletide. Organised by the mother of one of our operational army servicemen, Operation Yuletide sends countless...


25 NOV 2011

MP visits Maidstone's Cornwallis Academy

It was back to school for Helen last week as she met students studying politics and sociology at Maidstone's Cornwallis Academy. They had clearly done their homework when they quizzed the Member of...


02 NOV 2011

Local MP talks trains with Transport Minister

Last week MP for Maidstone and the Weald, Helen Grant, met with Transport Minister Norman Baker. Mrs Grant raised a number of issues on behalf of the many commuters and rail users in her constituency...


31 OCT 2011

Boost for Kent economy

The Government this week announced that East Kent has won its Regional Growth Fund Bid, totalling £40 million. The Regional Growth Fund (RGF) is a £1.4bn fund operating across England from 2011 to...


31 OCT 2011

Local MP speaks out on Legal Aid reform

Earlier this week local MP for Maidstone and the Weald openly questioned Government Ministers about their plans to amend legislation regarding legal aid. The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of...


26 OCT 2011

Local MP says we need more women in business and politics

Last week Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone and the Weald, hosted an event in the House of Commons aimed at improving the gender balance in business and politics. The occasion was a great success with...


21 OCT 2011

Helen Meets The Heroes!

Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant, met a huge selection of heroes when she visited Maidstone's Northborough Junior School last Friday, to support them as they participated in the first...


21 OCT 2011

MP Helen Visits Army Recruitment Team

Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant, visited the Army Recruitment Team in Maidstone last Friday, to find out more about the many career opportunities that the Army has to offer. As Vice Chairman...


15 OCT 2011

Invicta Grammar School

Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant, met with pupils and staff from the Kopernikus Gymansium in Rheine, Germany, when she attended Invicta Grammar School's special celebrations last...


13 OCT 2011

Local Member of Pawliment picks Dog of the Year

Today Helen Grant, local MP for Maidstone and the Weald, alongside her dog Charlie, judged the Westminster Dog of the Year Competition. As Border Terrier Charlie won last year's competition it was...


12 OCT 2011

MP Backs Park Home justice campaign

Today local MP for Maidstone and the Weald, Helen Grant, met one of four park home owning constituents campaigning to help those people affected by unscrupulous site owners. Tony Cuthbert, who himself...


07 OCT 2011

MP Helen applauds school voucher scheme

Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant, joined Tesco staff to present free equipment to local school children, at the Tesco store in Tovil, Maidstone, last Friday. For nineteen years, the Tesco...


16 SEP 2011

Addressing the class

It was back to school for Helen Grant, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald, as she visited Maidstone Grammar School last Friday. Helen officially opened the purpose-built Sixth Form...


14 SEP 2011

Helen chairs trains forum

Last week MP for Maidstone and the Weald, Helen Grant, chaired a meeting between Kent MPs, Network Rail and Southeastern. Organised by Helen and Southeastern, the meeting gave both Network Rail and...


13 SEP 2011

On the up, Broadband in Maidstone

Local Member of Parliament Helen Grant welcomed BT's announcement that Maidstone was to get its share of the company's £2.5 billion roll-out of fibre broadband. It will come as great news to many...


13 SEP 2011

Gypsies and Travellers – Constituents meet Minister for Communities

This week Maidstone and the Weald Member of Parliament Helen Grant brought a group of 15 people together to talk about Traveller and Gypsy planning policy with Bob Neill MP, Minister of State at the...


03 SEP 2011

Armed, but not Dangerous!

Over the final weekend of the Parliamentary recess Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant spent her time fighting off British Troops on the prairies and badlands of Canada. This was part of Mrs...


18 JUL 2011

Supporting Fruit Growers

Today local MP Helen Grant, Secretary of the Associate Parliamentary British Fruit Industry Group, attended a lunch event to discuss issues currently affecting the fruit industry. There were many...


16 JUL 2011

Showing the best of Kent

Last week Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant spent the afternoon at the Kent Show, accompanied by local Councillor Richard Lusty. Although the weather was not at its best, the Show was teeming...


05 JUL 2011

Decision Time for Oaken Wood

Last week Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant tabled a written Parliamentary Question asking Eric Pickles, Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government, when he will...


01 JUL 2011

A Proud Day For MP Helen

It was one of the proudest days of her life, for Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant, with her family, watched eldest son Ben's passing out parade as a fully trained Royal Marine Commando in...


24 JUN 2011

Localism in Cranbrook

Last week Cranbrook's MP Helen Grant welcomed neighbouring MP and Minister of State for Decentralisation, Dr Greg Clark, to Vestry Hall in Cranbrook for an open meeting to discuss Localism. Vestry...


20 JUN 2011

Big Society supports voluntary sector in Maidstone and the Weald

Helen Grant MP has welcomed the news that money from the Government's Big Society Transition Fund will support the voluntary sector in Maidstone and the Weald. The funding, part of the third wave of...


16 JUN 2011

Local MP Helen Speaks out for the Armed Forces

Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant, speaking in the Armed Forces Bill debate last week, took the opportunity to highlight a fantastic Cranbrook organisation called Troopers' Mums. Troopers' Mums...


11 JUN 2011

Helen Opens Maidstone Mencap Sumer Fayre

Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant, officially opened the Maidstone Mencap Summer last Saturday 11 June, with the event proving to be one of the most successful ever! Maidstone Mencap is based...


10 JUN 2011

VIP visit

Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant, joined other VIPs as members of CALARA met in the newly-refurbished Coxheath Village Hall, last Friday. In a packed village hall, members of the Coxheath &...


03 JUN 2011

Salvation Army Concert Hits The Right Note

Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant, attended a special concert at the Salvation Army citadel in Union Street, Maidstone, last Friday evening. Together with the Mayor and Mayoress of Maidstone,...


03 JUN 2011

Friday People

Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant, visited Friday People today in their Mill Street offices to meet young jobseekers who are being employed and trained by the Kent-based charity. With one in...


23 MAY 2011

Local MP Helen speaks out on sentencing reform

Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant spoke this week in a packed House of Commons debate focussing on sentencing, and called for reforms to deal with the large number of women currently held in...


20 MAY 2011

Helen Supports Mental Health Event

Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant, supported a networking forum last Friday, when she visited a Mental Health Event held at the Blackthorn Trust in Maidstone. Jointly organised by Maidstone and...


08 MAY 2011

Bedgebury Walk to Help Beat Blood Cancers

Local MP Helen Grant last week joined at least 50 other walkers to start the five kilometre Forget Me Not charity walk through Bedgebury Forest in aid of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. There are...


04 MAY 2011

Focus on Families

Local MP Helen Grant this week spoke in Parliament on the importance of family to society, and the need for government to do everything it can to support and protect families. The Westminster Hall...


27 APR 2011

Rallying for Rail

Local Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald, Helen Grant, this week met senior managers from Southeastern, including Chief Executive Charles Horton. This is part of Helen's ongoing...


16 APR 2011

MP Helen leads No2AV Rally with Young Supporters

Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant was joined by a large contingent of local young people on Saturday when she held a Youth Action Day against the Alternative Vote. Maidstone Town Centre was...


15 APR 2011

Model Citizens

Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant, met model citizens when she visited Oakwood Park Grammar School in Maidstone and engaged in lively debate with Sixth Form students. Helen was given an...


15 APR 2011

Lawyer turned MP visits prisons

Former family lawyer of some twenty years and serving on the Justice Committee, Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant, is passionate about justice and recently visited two of the regions prisons to...


12 APR 2011

MP Joins the Gang

Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant attended the Maidstone Scout Gang Show last Wednesday 12th April, a variety show performed by local Scouts at the Hazlitt Theatre Arts Centre, Maidstone. The...


07 APR 2011

Enterprise Week

Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant, found herself being "grilled" by Year Six pupils when she visited Maidstone's West Borough School last Thursday, as part of the school's Enterprise...


01 APR 2011

Helen Supports Help For Heroes

Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant, dropped in last Friday to lend her support to the valiant efforts of the Invicta Grammar School pupils who were fundraising in aid of the Help For Heroes...


25 MAR 2011

Broadband Boost for the Weald

Cranbrook and Sissinghurst Parish Council are teaming up with the Weald Business Association to try to bring high speed broadband to the Wealden area. They will be working together, and alongside the...


22 MAR 2011

Helen Means Business

Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone and the Weald, secured an hour and a half debate today in the House of Commons into Governments policy on the promotion of women in business. There was a great turnout,...


18 MAR 2011

Cornwallis Academy

Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant, visited the Cornwallis Academy in Linton to see how the exciting construction of new classrooms and study facilities are progressing at the...


18 MAR 2011

Local MP Starts Wacky Races For Red Nose Day

Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant marked the beginning of Red Nose Day by starting a charity event in the The Mall shopping centre. The event was organised by Maidstone Solicitors Whitehead...


18 MAR 2011

Maidstone Back on Track

Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant welcomed Southeastern's announcement of a new High Speed service from Maidstone West to St Pancras International, which is to come into service at the next...


11 MAR 2011

Supporting the tank team

Maidstone and the Weald MP, Helen Grant, visited the Rugmer Tank Project last week, to learn of the innovative work being undertaken in restoring tanks and other historic military vehicles, by people...


10 MAR 2011

Local MP Debates Domestic Violence

Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant today spoke in the House of Commons during the debate on UN Women, focussing on domestic violence in the UK. Having been a solicitor specialising in domestic...


08 MAR 2011

MP Helen Helps Celebrate Centenary

Local MP Helen Grant, alongside thousands of men and women across the UK, celebrated the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day on Tuesday 8 March. As part of the exciting 'Join Me on the...


18 FEB 2011

Helen Helps Hospice

Following her surgery in Cranbrook on Friday the Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald, Helen Grant, dropped into the Hospice in the Weald fundraising shops to praise and encourage the...


11 FEB 2011

MP "Inspired" by Junior youngsters!

Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald, Helen Grant, was inspired by the children of Loose Junior School during her visit on Friday. Following an invitation from Headteacher Mrs Jay Pye,...


08 FEB 2011

Network Rail Meet Kent MPs

Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant organised a meeting between Kent MPs and Network Rail which took place yesterday. Dave Ward, Kent Route Director at Network Rail, outlined the improvements that...


05 FEB 2011

MP Helen Backs Stones Campaign

The MP for Maidstone and The Weald, Helen Grant, helped kick off the "Bring The Stones Home" campaign, when she met the team and board of Directors on Saturday, prior to Maidstone United's clash with...


01 FEB 2011

Drama at Westminster!

 Campaign! is a project working with young disabled people throughout South East, including Maidstone and the Weald, and aims to celebrate international collaboration between disabled young people as...


17 JAN 2011

State Boarding Schools Conference, Cranbrook

The Head teachers of England’s state boarding schools gathered together at Cranbrook School this weekend to attend their annual conference and AGM organised by the State Boarding Schools Association...


14 JAN 2011

Tovil Action Group gets a boost

Local Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald Helen Grant met with members of the Tovil Action Group, who are campaigning to protect their neighbourhood from the imposition of a new recycling...


14 JAN 2011

West Farleigh Dandelion Children win awards

Maidstone & The Weald MP Helen Grant, visited the West Farleigh-based Dandelion Time project last Friday 14th January, to present achievement awards to 7-16 year old young people, with serious...