22 FEB 2019

Time for a Renaissance of the Regions

Last week in the House of Commons, I called on the Prime Minister to do more to support areas like Dover and Deal after we leave the EU. We must ensure that a renaissance of the regions – including in coastal towns like ours – is at the very heart of building Brexit Britain. Theresa May agreed that it is vital to support "left behind" communities. There is no doubt that the 2016 EU referendum was a vote to take back control and for change. A vote heard loudest...

20 FEB 2019

Brexit cash boost for Dover District Council

Nearly £300,000 in Brexit preparation cash is being handed to Dover District Council (DDC). The Government funding boost is to be used to plan for the impact of leaving the European Union at the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel. DDC acts as the Port Health Authority at both the Dover docks and Channel Tunnel – and will receive £272,724 from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Folkestone and Hythe District Council will also receive funds. It...

19 FEB 2019

Dozens helped into work by Dover Jobs Club

Dozens of people have been helped into employment, training and voluntary work in recent months by the Dover Jobs Club. Free weekly sessions are run by Southern Housing Group at the Big Local unit in the Charlton Centre. Employment skills officer Sarah Hampton told me that they offer employment and benefits support, alongside free computer access. The group meets every Tuesday between 10am and 2pm on a first come, first serve basis. Eight laptops have been funded...