19 JAN 2017

In Brexit Britain places like Dover & Deal must come first

For Brexit Britain to work we need the investment concentrated for so many years in the capital – London – to benefit the districts like Dover and Deal. The capital has for too long acted as a selfish city, furthering its own aims at the expense of districts like ours. It's not right for things to carry on like this. After all, the Hunger Games is just a film – not a reality. So I was glad last week when the Transport Secretary refused to let Sadiq Khan get...

16 JAN 2017

The return of police officers dedicated to Deal

I am absolutely delighted to announce the return of police officers dedicated to the Deal area.  I held meetings with the district's new commander Chief Inspector Mitchell Fox, who took over from predecessor Steve Barlow in the autumn. Chief Inspector Fox assured me the redeployment, which began at the end of last year, will raise police visibility in Deal and the surrounding areas. A Deal Town Centre Constable now works a shift pattern incorporating up to six...

14 JAN 2017

Backing the campaign for more mental health support in Deal

I'm backing a campaign for improved mental health services in East Kent. Tracy Carr's self-funded support group Talk It Out is calling for ring-fenced funding for mental health. She made the case in several TV and radio appearances this week.  On Saturday I visited volunteers in Deal High Street to add my name to their petition, which has already gained more than a thousand signatures. Tracy and Talk It Out work tirelessly to make a difference to local people...

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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