Safer streets and Robert's Law

Keeping our streets safe is a key priority for Charlie. In Parliament, Charlie recently helped secure more funding for Kent Police – money that is going towards 200 more officers.

Now Charlie is making our community's case for more police to be stationed in Dover & Deal to Kent Police & Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott.

When Dover town centre suffered a spate of break-ins, Charlie took immediate action. He took the Police Commissioner to meet with Dover traders to hear their concerns about security as well as street drinking.

Officers are now cracking down on drink and drug problems in the town. The burglars have now been caught and face justice. Shoplifting in Dover high street is down 17 per cent.

In Deal, residents want it to be easier to speak face-to-face with the police. So Charlie is pressing the Police Commissioner to double the number of hours residents have face to face access to the local force.


Robert's Law

Robert Fraser was killed by a new deadly drug called fentanyl in 2016. He was just 18 years old. His mum Michelle, distraught at the loss of her son, decided to campaign for a change in the law to seek tougher punishments for people who supply fentanyl.

Robert was killed by fentanyl in 2016. Police believe a dealer gave it to Robert as a "freebie". Her son was no addict. He had no idea that what he was taking was effectively poison.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 50 times stronger than heroin. It has been linked to the deaths of 120 people in the UK over the past 18 months. In the US, traces are found in a third of all overdoses. 60,000 people have died.

Since that terrible day Michelle has been fighting to raise awareness of this deadly drug. In September 2017, she came to see Charlie at one of his surgeries to ask for his help. They decided to campaign together for Robert's Law.

Charlie got in touch with Kent Police, and the force's drugs chief backed the campaign. Detective Chief Superintendent Tom Richards, Kent Police's head of substance misuse, told Charlie: "I am sure that when the Misuse of Drugs Act was written, they did not envisage having drugs that were 100/1000s times more potent than heroin.

"In essence, unless massively diluted, fentanyl acts like a poison and so consideration should be given to find a better way of regulating it."

After just a few months, the Crown Prosecution Service agreed to change its drug offences guidance to include fentanyl. Then the Sentencing Council launched a review on their sentencing guidelines.

Charlie also met with the Justice Minister Rory Stewart to press the case further – and he secured a debate in Parliament on fentanyl.

Then in June 2018, Charlie received incredible news. The Sentencing Council announced new guidance putting synthetic opioids in the most serious category. 

During Charlie's Westminster Hall debate on June 26th, the Justice Minister said: "This now moves the expert witness to state that fentanyl will be in the top category of Class A drugs for prosecution. This is going to be absolutely vital in deterring people from supplying and importing these drugs."

This campaign is so important – not just for Michelle, but for every parent. By bringing in Robert's Law, Charlie and Michelle will take the battle to the drug dealers and help save lives.