We've long been fighting for more funding locally to boost Brexit preparations at the Dover frontline. Ever since the referendum we've worked hard to get the Government to be ready on day one, deal or no deal.
The Port of Dover hosted Brexit-backing Conservative MPs to discuss their plans to keep freight traffic moving smoothly after the UK leaves the European Union. The visit last Friday (March 1st) was organised by myself.
Last week in the House of Commons, I called on the Prime Minister to do more to support areas like Dover and Deal after we leave the EU. We must ensure that a renaissance of the regions – including in coastal towns like ours – is at the very heart of building Brexit Britain.
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.
Dozens of people have been helped into employment, training and voluntary work in recent months by the Dover Jobs Club. Free weekly sessions are run by Southern Housing Group at the Big Local unit in the Charlton Centre.
Every parent wants to give their children the best possible start in life. So it's great news that school standards locally have been rising, with more than two thirds of our schools now turning in Key Stage 2 results above the national average.