More jobs and more money for Dover and Deal

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 While over in Dover the long-hated Burlington House has been replaced by the St James development with fantastic shops and a multi-screen cinema.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.

Jobs Fairs

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.


Dover’s Market Square is set for major improvements

Dover’s Market Square is set for major improvements after being selected for a £2.4 million government grant.  A bid to regenerate the area with lights, a new fountain, new seating an extended pedestrian zone was put on a reserve list in April.

Pressing ministers to stump up cash for Dover

I've pressed Government ministers to help revive Dover town centre and stump up cash for two major projects. I held talks with the Housing, Communities and Local Government Department about the schemes.

Return of duty-free would be a big boost

The return of duty-free shopping would be a big boost for Dover and Deal. Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid has announced that duty-free shopping will return if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Fighting for a brighter future for Dover

A bridge over the A20 in Dover has moved a step closer to reality – after the project was selected for the next stage of the Government’s new Future High Streets Fund.

Getting a better deal for taxpayers' money

Too much of our taxpayer cash is wasted. Whether it's building an airport where planes can't land, or NHS trusts ordering fax machines long after they've become obsolete, these tales of fiscal farce have drawn public ridicule for years.

Another successful Jobs Fair

Hundreds of people came along to my seventh Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair on Friday. Jobseekers spoke to staff from dozens of organisations offering jobs, apprenticeships and training schemes at Dover Town Hall on March 29.

A brighter future for Dover and Deal

We've come a long way together since 2010. Much has been achieved – yet there is much more to do. As we leave the EU, we need to think about the kind of Britain we want to build.

Fighting for more investment, jobs and money in Dover & Deal

We've been working tirelessly to bring more jobs and money to our corner of Kent.

Back in 2010, things looked bleak. Unemployment locally had rocketed 50% in the Great Recession. More investment was badly needed in Dover and Deal.

My seventh Jobs Fair coming soon

I will hold my seventh annual Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair on "Brexit Day". More than 30 firms are already signed up to have stalls at Dover Town Hall on Friday, March 29th.

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.