04 JAN 2019

Modern Slavery Still Exists

Today it is estimated that over 40 million people are victims of modern slavery. 1 in 4 are children, and women and girls remain disproportionately affected, according to the latest statistics released by the United Nations. While we have come a long way since the legal abolition of slavery acros...


19 DEC 2018

MP and Staplehurst photographer mark centenary of women in Parliament

One hundred years after women first gained the right to sit in Parliament as MPs, the long awaited #209 Women exhibition opens in Parliament's Portcullis House until 14 February 2019. November 21 this year marked 100 years since the passing of the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act, which al...


22 NOV 2018

Ask Her to Stand

It was only one page, and 27 words, but those words undoubtedly represented some of the most important that have ever passed into UK law. On 21st November 1918 the Government passed the Qualification of Women Act, which allowed women over the age of 21 to stand for election as an MP for the first t...


05 NOV 2018

Kent MPs Meet Road Minister to Stress Importance of Keeping Kent Moving Post Brexit

A group of Kent MPs met with Roads Minister Jesse Norman in the House of Commons this week to discuss keeping Kent's roads moving post Brexit. Highways England presented to the meeting on Operation Brock, the temporary alternative to Operation Stack which should be ready for use from early next yea...


16 OCT 2018

Black History Month

Black History Month, for me, always starts off on an especially appropriate day, sharing Nigeria's Independence anniversary on October 1st. It gives me twice the reason to reflect on the joys and challenges of my father's country, with its hundreds of languages and ethnic groups, and how the UK and ...


11 SEP 2018

MP Helen Welcomes Boost to Train WIFI but Presses Southeastern Boss for Rail Improvements

  Helen Grant MP held talks with Southeastern Managing Director David Statham this week in order to press for much needed improvements to Maidstone and the Weald's rail services and to raise once again the huge groundswell of concern in the County Town about delays to the introduction and po...


04 SEP 2018

Investment in Africa

  Nobody can deny helping others in need is a positive thing. UK aid spending means we can help countries suffering disasters, strengthen national security and governance, and promote global prosperity, creating self-sufficient economies which turn into our trading partners of the future. I...


05 JUL 2018

The NHS at 70

Back in 1948 nobody could have predicted the shape of the National Health Service today. Back then, in a country still feeling the effects of World War II, the practicalities of providing free healthcare to men, women and children across the board was not without opposition from the medical profes...


28 JUN 2018

Helen Announces Upcoming Rural Business Forum

DEFRA Minister and Kent Police and Crime Commission to address Maidstone & The Weald Rural Businesses  Helen Grant MP reviewing weather damage at Kenward House with  Chief Executive of Kenward TrustPenny Williams  Around 100 farmers, councillors and rural business stakehold...


27 JUN 2018

MP Shows Support for School Sport

Helen Grant MP added her voice to a children's charity's call to get children and young people excited about play and sport during National School Sport Week (25 to 29 June). The MP for Maidstone and The Weald and former UK Minister for Sport joined national children's charity the Youth Sport Trust...


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Helen's column

17 JAN 2019

Meaningful Vote

There have been a handful of occasions during my time as an MP, where the burden of responsibility weighs more heavily than usual. Tuesday evening was one such occasion, traversing the famous House of...


10 JAN 2019

NHS Long Term Plan

For as long as I can remember our NHS has been a foundation stone in my life. My Grandmother was a nursing sister at the Cumberland Royal Infirmary, my mother was also an NHS nurse in my childhood...


03 JAN 2019

Cross Channel Refugee Crisis

I'll always remember a young lady who came to see me at my legal practice one Christmas Eve a few years ago. She had three little children with her and a bunch of carrier bags stuffed with mixed...