11 OCT 2018

Helping people around the world

We are so lucky to be British. Living in the developed world we have a level of prosperity that developing nations do not. That's why it's so important that we do our bit to help people in other nations with international aid. That was my message to pupils at Aycliffe Community Primary School when I visited last week. I had received a letter from the school's "pupil panel" asking what was being done to help people around the globe. So I went to visit the school to...

10 OCT 2018

Questioning the PM on county lines

The Prime Minister has been urged to crack down on county lines drugs gangs in Kent. During Prime Minister's Questions this afternoon, I raised "the rise of county lines operations" – where London dealers target youngsters in regional towns to run drug operations. I asked Theresa May whether she shared my concern that drug-related deaths in Kent have doubled over the last three years, also pointing out that there are now 48 county lines in operation in Kent. I...

09 OCT 2018

Ex-detective opens new Dover mental health base after personal battles

A former Metropolitan Police detective who suffered "manic depressive episodes" has spent the past 10 years helping others who suffer from mental health problems. Mark Kilbey is the director of Take Off, a support charity which recently opened up a new base in Dover. He invited me to come along and meet the team at Unit 1a in Granville Street last month. Like Mark, who is bipolar, everyone in the team has experienced mental health problems. Mark says this makes the...