17 MAY 2019

Let's set the mortgage prisoners free

The financial crash may be over a decade ago, yet people are still suffering. Especially hard-working families who have become trapped in expensive mortgage deals. Last week I presented a bill to Parliament to set these so-called mortgage prisoners free - and to forge a new covenant that would deliver a fairer deal for small business borrowers too. Some 200,000 people across the country have become trapped by changes in mortgage regulation following the financial...

10 MAY 2019

Community hub set for Deal train station

A community hub with a kitchen is set to be installed at Deal train station as part of efforts to tackle antisocial behaviour. The news follows a recent campaign by myself and Helen Charlton's volunteer groups Deal Station Gardeners and the Clean-up Crew. Alongside commitments to install platform shelters and resurface the footbridge, Southeastern has refurbished redundant station buildings. A senior officer from British Transport Police has also been allocated...

09 MAY 2019

A record of action and a promise of more

The local election campaign trail was a great opportunity to chat to people about what matters to them. Unsurprisingly, there was a sense of deep frustration over Brexit and a strong desire to get on with it – deal or no deal. We need to leave the EU and move on. Yet the election also produced a hugely impressive set of results. An increased majority was a real testament to the hard work, teamwork and dedication of our local team. So much progress has been made...