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Parish Councils

English village community spirit is perhaps most aptly personified by the institution we all know as our Parish Councils.  Right across our green and pleasant land they are the people who turn a village from a collection of houses, lanes and fields into a hub of social cohesion, offering cradle a

The Kurdish Crisis

Whilst the Brexit impasse continues to frustrate and divide in equal measure within these shores, the world around us is smarting for other reasons as international tensions continue to elevate on a daily basis.

The Queens' Speech

On this page, two weeks ago, I reported from my Party’s autumn conference where a wave of bold policy announcements were made, as a trailer for the new Parliamentary session.  

Brexit Update

Kent messenger weekly column - We must get Brexit done!

Conservative Party Conference

It was a grey, blustery and rain-soaked Manchester this week as we gathered for our annual autumn conference.  I am delighted to report, however, that the atmosphere was thoroughly upbeat and positive.

Cancer Waiting Times

One of my top priorities in Maidstone and The Weald, ever since the MASH campaigns started back in 2008, has been to protect and help improve our NHS services for local people. 

Maidstone Rough Sleeping Initiative

Nobody in modern Britain should ever have to sleep rough and all of us have a responsibility to help the most vulnerable people in our communities to get their lives back on track.

Housing and Transport Survey

Over the summer months, I have been out and about delivering my transport and housing surveys around Maidstone and The Weald.

School Funding Boost

I am lucky to have visited many of our fantastic schools in Maidstone and The Weald in recent months. At each one, I am inspired by the thoughtfulness of the students and the dedication of their wonderful teachers.

Rural Digital Connectivity

We are so fortunate in Maidstone and The Weald to have some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK right on our doorsteps.  Unfortunately, at times, the perfection of our rural surroundings can be tempered by poor digital connectivity.