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The Port of Dover's White Cliffs Christmas launch

The Port of Dover Cruise Terminal doors swung open for the White Cliffs Christmas experience on Sunday. I was among scores of visitors at the official launch of this year's event, which runs until January 1 2019.

Crunch talks with Roads Minister on 'no deal' Brexit impact

Crunch talks on how a "no deal" Brexit could impact East Kent were held at the Department for Transport this week. I organised the meeting on Tuesday (November 27th) with Roads Minister Jesse Norman so the Port of Dover and Kent Police could raise their concerns.

My grave doubts about the Brexit deal

In the 2016 referendum, some two thirds of the voters in Dover & Deal voted to leave the European Union. The decision was clear – to take back control of our borders, laws, money and trade.

50 new border jobs coming to Dover

Fifty new jobs are coming to the HMRC site in Dover. The Priory Court building currently employs around 150 full time equivalent employees – but it will become the new Dover Specialist Site accommodating some 200.

Fighting for stronger borders

Fighting for stronger borders is one of my top priorities. For years ruthless people traffickers have been exploiting the Dover-Calais route in order to break migrants into Britain.

Fighting for Albert Road residents affected by flooding

Albert Road residents will no longer have to pay for flood defences.  The street in Deal has suffered three serious flooding incidents in the last four years, the last of which was in January 2016.

Two Border Force cutters for whole coastline is ridiculous

Just two Border Force cutters are in operation to patrol almost 11,000 miles of UK coastline, it has been revealed. Border inspectors looked at immigration controls at south coast seaports in a report published this week.

Remembering the Fallen

A century ago this week, the guns of the First World War fell silent. The Armistice of 1918 brought to an end a terrible conflict. Nine million soldiers and seven million civilians lost their lives. In Dover and Deal, thousands were left devastated by the loss of their loved ones.

Don't add fuel to fire of trafficking trade

No fines were issued to people found with suspected illegal immigrants inside their vehicles at south coast ports last year. Border inspectors looked at immigration controls at south coast seaports in a new report.