29 SEP 2016

We need new Dover Patrol to catch traffickers on high seas

Last weekend three migrants in a dinghy landed on the beach at Walmer. They were spotted by a man out walking his dog. Visiting the scene I was left deeply concerned that there will be a tragedy on the English Channel with rougher seas as winter approaches. The three men in a boat turned out to be Iranian and have claimed asylum. So it is welcome that President Hollande this week said he will dismantle the Calais migrant camp. Yet we've heard it all before. Last...

24 SEP 2016

New Defibrillator for Deal

It was great to meet with campaigners from HeartStart to celebrate the installation of a new defibrillator at Deal Town Hall. More than £2,000 was raised by HeartStart for the vital piece of lifesaving equipment. It's taken months of hard work fundraising and campaigning to get this defibrillator. So it's great to see all the effort has paid off and Deal now has this vital piece of lifesaving equipment. I was glad to help Beverley-Jane Last, a Deal Community...

23 SEP 2016

Dover Harbour Board need to give dates for the new marina build

I was pleased to meet with Richard Mahony, who runs White Cliffs Boat Tours at the North East Quay in the harbour, to hear about how he takes thousands of tourists on trips around the Dover coast every year. But Richard told me he only has until January 1 to leave before his current dock is filled and replaced with a new cargo terminal. Dover Harbour Board has not offered Richard's business a location at the new marina. The Western Docks Revival project must...

In June, the New Dover Hospital opened its door to patients. To have a brand new state of the art, fit for purpose hospital in the middle of Dover shows how far we've come in getting a fairer share of healthcare for our community.

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