18 JAN 2019

Fighting for our high streets

Last week we learnt that Amazon pays just £63 million in business rates despite recording sales of a staggering £8 billion. Meanwhile small business owners here in Dover and Deal pay eye-watering amounts in business rates while working tirelessly to make ends meet. Small surprise then that they look at the unfair advantage of online retailers and demand a more level playing field for tax. This is why I have long campaigned in Parliament for online giants to be...

15 JAN 2019

Dover and Deal primary schools achieving above national average

Pupils at Dover and Deal primaries are outscoring their peers across the UK, according to new figures. Nationally, the proportion of youngsters achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and maths has risen from 61% to 64% this year. And two thirds of primary schools in Dover and Deal bettered the national average in their 2018 Key Stage 2 performance. Top of the class are Eythorne Elvington Community Primary School, where 100% of pupils met the expected...

11 JAN 2019

Fighting to make our borders stronger and safer

The migrant crisis in the English Channel escalated yet again over Christmas and New Year, with dozens more arriving along the Kent coast. Here at the Dover frontline, we have been fighting hard over the past few months for Ministers to take action. In November in the House of Commons, I called on the Prime Minister to tackle the traffickers and boost our border security by increasing patrols. I'm pleased to see that our campaign is now making a...