14 DEC 2017

Loneliness

Kent Messenger Column – 14-12-17  Loneliness is a crushing and all too common phenomenon which impacts negatively upon the mental and physical health of our nation. There are 9 million people in the UK, that's 1 in 7, who feel lonely all or most of the time. We should be in no doubt that...


07 DEC 2017

Trump and Twitter

Kent Messenger Column – 04-12-17  Last week I pledged my support to the 'NO2H8' campaign which does vital work in highlighting how social cohesion can reduce hatred. Little did I know that the importance of the campaign's core message would be demonstrated in such extraordinary fashion l...


30 NOV 2017

First time buyers

Kent Messenger Column - 30-11-17 It was in the early 1980's when I first took the plunge into the housing market; 15 California Road, Carlisle. It cost me £14,000 and felt like 'an arm and a leg' at the time, but compared with today I know I was fortunate; the purchase price was about twice ...


23 NOV 2017

The Skills Show

Kent Messenger Column - 23-11-17  I've been pressing the case for apprenticeships for many years; they offer unique avenues into long-term careers and they are exciting skills-based pathways allowing people to earn an income as they learn a valuable vocation. I was therefore delighted to be a...


16 NOV 2017

1918

Kent Messenger Column – 16-11-17  To lay a wreath at the annual Remembrance Sunday service in Maidstone is one of the great honours that I experience within my role as your MP. It is humbling to commemorate the sacrifices made by our forebears, whilst standing as one with representative...


09 NOV 2017

Leeds-Langley relief road public meeting

Kent Messenger Column - 09-11-17  My neighbouring colleague Helen Whately and I held a public meeting in early 2016 at the Maidstone Studios to facilitate an open discussion about the Maidstone local plan. The widely held view from the floor was that the borough was planning to build too many ...


02 NOV 2017

Stay Warm this Winter

Kent Messenger Column – 02-11-17  There was certainly the feel of seasonal change in the air this week; as the clocks turned back, the nights drew in and the winter chill descended. As we know, winter can be a challenging time for many in our community. Energy bills rise and homes becom...


26 OCT 2017

The Women's Resource Centre & Human Trafficking

Kent Messenger Column 26-10-17  One of the great privileges of Parliamentarians is the freedom to shine a light on causes that personally resonate. It is one of the aspects of an MP's work that I particularly enthuse about when younger people ask me about the role. What we say and do in the ...


19 OCT 2017

A Modern Infrastructure

Kent Messenger Column - 19-10-17  A modern society and economy needs a modern infrastructure in order to function effectively. A critical pillar of this must be the availability of reliable, fast internet connection. Too often, in our part of the world, the broadband service provided falls sh...


12 OCT 2017

Race Disparity Audit

Kent Messenger Column - 12-10-17 In the early 60's, to the best of my knowledge, I was the only person in the whole of Carlisle with a darker skin colour. Born in London of an English / Welsh mum and a Nigerian dad, I'd get called names at school and bullied sometimes, but so did some other kids w...


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Helen's column

14 DEC 2017

Loneliness

Kent Messenger Column – 14-12-17  Loneliness is a crushing and all too common phenomenon which impacts negatively upon the mental and physical health of our nation. There are 9 million people in...


07 DEC 2017

Trump and Twitter

Kent Messenger Column – 04-12-17  Last week I pledged my support to the 'NO2H8' campaign which does vital work in highlighting how social cohesion can reduce hatred. Little did I know that the...


30 NOV 2017

First time buyers

Kent Messenger Column - 30-11-17 It was in the early 1980's when I first took the plunge into the housing market; 15 California Road, Carlisle. It cost me £14,000 and felt like 'an arm and a leg'...