Supporting local businesses to help them flourish, and create apprenticeships and jobs for local people.

In 2018 I hosted the first annual Maidstone Apprenticeship Fair, bringing together employers and local schools. It has grown every year and in 2024 I welcomed 60 businesses and over 1600 students to the Maidstone leisure centre on March 8th.


Maidstone Riverside Rotary Club 2024 Swim Relay

I was delighted to support over 200 swimmers, participating on behalf of 23 local schools, charities and sports clubs, in the 2024 swim relay at Maidstone leisure centre yesterday.

Supporting Sustainable Planning

Great to meet Andrew Mitchell, Mace Group Operations Director, in the House of Commons to discuss building more sustainably and the benefits to both the environment and economy.

The Sustainability of Farming in Kent

There’s a real torsion in the expression ‘A Perfect Storm’ – I think it is in the uncomfortable link between an ‘aspirational adjective’ and a ‘noun to avoid’.  But a perfect storm is precisely what our farmers in Maidstone & The Weald are experiencing at the moment, as disparate forces conve

Recognition for our local heroes

One of the most rewarding elements of my role as Member of Parliament for Maidstone & The Weald is helping to give some public recognition to certain constituents for their contribution to community life.

Cost of Living

As readers might expect, much of my casework in-tray is currently all about the rising costs of living.  Far from being an isolated issue for us here in the UK, this is a global phenomenon arising largely because of Vladimir Putin's heinous hostility to Ukraine.  That has sent energy prices soari