14 JUN 2018

Protecting Women Online

Kent Messenger Column – 14-06-18 "I've had death threats, I've had people tweeting that I should be hung if 'they could find a tree big enough to take the fat bitch's weight'... I've had rape threats...and n*gger, over and over and over again". These were the words of Diane Abbott MP during ...


07 JUN 2018

Tonbridge Road Sink Hole

Kent Messenger Column – 07-06-18 The scale of the damage caused to the A26 in Maidstone by last week's road collapse is deeply concerning. The greatest impact has been upon nearby residents, with some having to evacuate their homes. Maidstone Borough Council have provided temporary accommoda...


31 MAY 2018

Special Educational Needs Funding

Kent Messenger Column - 31-05-18 Throughout my life I have been driven by a belief that everyone, irrespective of their background or circumstances, has their own special something to offer society. I also believe that they should be given support to reach their full potential, if needed. I am the...


24 MAY 2018

Royal Wedding

Kent Messenger Column - 24-05-18  Royal weddings are good for us – official. The whole country generates its own special lift, with street parties and bunting, and together Britain shows-off to the world all that it stands for as a modern Constitutional monarchy. Flocks of inbound tour...


17 MAY 2018

A Tribute to Tessa Jowell

Kent Messenger Column – 17-05-18 When I was first thinking of becoming involved in politics, I was lucky enough to spend some time with Dame Tessa Jowell. She was warm, funny and hugely engaging; the perfect role model for any woman wishing to enter Parliament and certainly an inspiration to ...


10 MAY 2018

Breast Cancer Screening

Kent Messenger Column- 10-05-18  I was extremely concerned to learn last week about the failure, dating back to 2009, to invite 450,000 women to their final breast cancer screening. Firstly, I know there will be families in Maidstone and the Weald impacted by this and I stand ready to support...


03 MAY 2018

Engaging in local politics

Kent Messenger Column - 03-05-18 Today (Thursday 3rd May) is local government polling day. It's the day you get to choose who you want to run your local services and plan for the future of Maidstone and The Weald; Tackling litter and fly-tipping, improving local community services, investing in t...


26 APR 2018

Supporting the children of alcoholic parents

Kent Messenger Column - 26-04-18 Our political system usually operates in an adversarial and combative arena, where debate and division are the order of the day. Sometimes, however, the issue in question manages to transcend party politicking in an outbreak of collegiate collaboration and co-opera...


19 APR 2018

Syria

Kent Messenger Column - 19-04-18  For the second time in my period of office as MP for Maidstone & The Weald, we are amidst a debate about the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime against its own people in Syria. UK military intervention was first considered in August 2013, when (u...


12 APR 2018

Gender pay gap

Kent Messenger Column - 12-04-18  Last week saw the legal deadline for businesses with over 250 employees to publish their gender pay-gap data for the first time. Why is this important? It is a fact that organisations with gender balanced workforces, at all levels of their structures, do bet...


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Helen's column

14 JUN 2018

Protecting Women Online

Kent Messenger Column – 14-06-18 "I've had death threats, I've had people tweeting that I should be hung if 'they could find a tree big enough to take the fat bitch's weight'... I've had rape...


07 JUN 2018

Tonbridge Road Sink Hole

Kent Messenger Column – 07-06-18 The scale of the damage caused to the A26 in Maidstone by last week's road collapse is deeply concerning. The greatest impact has been upon nearby residents, with...


31 MAY 2018

Special Educational Needs Funding

Kent Messenger Column - 31-05-18 Throughout my life I have been driven by a belief that everyone, irrespective of their background or circumstances, has their own special something to offer society....