I really enjoyed visiting Multipanel UK's new plant in Eythorne. The company specialises in high level manufacturing, making aluminium panels for the construction industry. Multipanel established the plant in Eythorne last year, bringing skilled jobs and £12.5 million investment to the area.
It's very encouraging to see British manufacturing is on the rise again. Multipanel's new plant in Eythorne is a perfect example of how manufacturing is returning to the UK as their production was previously based overseas. We need to encourage more companies to start-up and relocate to our corner of Kent. We need their investment and expertise to bring more jobs and money to our area.
I am always inspired by the people who fundraise for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. These people are often cancer survivors themselves or have had their lives touched by cancer.
This year I didn't want to simply show my support. I wanted to make a difference, and so have chosen to take part in the Deal Crocus Walk to fundraise for Breakthrough Breast Cancer myself. Just under 12,000 women still succumb to breast cancer every year in Britain. Great progress has been made but there is still so much more that needs to be done.
The walk is on the 5th April and I'd be very grateful if you would sponsor me to take part in the Deal Crocus Walk and help raise funds for this vital cause. Please go to my just giving page and donate.
Today is the 27th anniversary of the Herald of Free Enterprise tragedy. In 1987, minutes after MS Herald of Free Enterprise left the port of Zeebrugge, the ship capsized, killing 193 people. I attended the memorial service in St Mary's Church, Dover, in commemoration of those passengers and crew who died.
The disaster badly affected our area and many people in Dover lost loved ones. It was a moving service and scores of people attended to pay their respects. It was good to talk to local residents after the service about the tragedy and its legacy. We will never forget what happened.
RT @terri_lock: An excellent turnout at #doverjobsfair over 1300 job seekers. @CharlieElphicke some very happy people now have interviews …
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The @MultipanelUK plant is currently being commissioned & will see jobs re-shored to the UK. Shows benefits of our #LongTermEconomicPlan 2/2
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