In Transport Questions, I thanked the Ports Minister for visiting Dover last week and asked him about new community directors for the Port.
Charlie: I thank the ports Minister for visiting the trust port of Dover last week. It was great to have a people's Minister come to see the rise of a people's port at Dover. Does he agree that community directors should be appointed by the community to deliver for the community?
John Hayes (Ports Minister): It is generous of my hon. Friend to describe me as the people's champion. I have never sought acclamation, but it would be negligent not to step up to the mark. I was delighted to visit Dover last week, to see once again the white cliffs and to be reminded of this "precious stone set in the silver sea".
He is right that the link between the port and the community is vital, and community directors are critical to that. I share his view about the importance of investment in linking the port to the town, particularly in the western dock, and about the significance of community directors. He has my full support, as does the port.
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