Charlie has fought hard to secure more jobs and money for local families – along with better schools for our young people.
Back in 2010, unemployment had rocketed and there was little investment locally. Since Charlie was elected in 2010, unemployment has near halved with some £500 million invested locally. This investment has helped deliver more jobs and money for our area - boosting family incomes.
Meanwhile Charlie has fought hard to get more money invested in local schools. The new £25 million buildings have made an incredible difference at the Goodwin Academy in Deal. Charlie successfully campaigned to secure a new school funding deal which will see secondary schools across Dover and Deal get millions of pounds more from this September.
Our schools are getting better too – standards are rising locally, with 9,643 children now attending schools rated good or outstanding – up by a third. And nearly two thirds of students in our area meet the expected levels in reading and maths, compared to 53% nationally.
This investment is also boosting Dover and Deal. The fast train steaming into Deal all day every day has transformed the town. While over in Dover the long-hated Burlington House has been replaced by the St James development with fantastic shops and a multi-screen cinema. Dover's Western Docks development is well under way and the new marina will draw more visitors to the area.
Charlie recently held his sixth Jobs Fair. It was a massive success with more businesses than ever setting up stalls and seeking workers. Hundreds of millions of pounds have been invested in Dover and Deal. Charlie's Jobs Fair shows how many businesses are recruiting locally.
Unemployment soared 50% under Labour. It has plummeted since 2010. Now Charlie wants to see full employment so that everyone can have the opportunity to realise their full potential.