Articles

Special Educational Needs Funding

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.

Royal Wedding

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.

A Tribute to Tessa Jowell

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 me.

Breast Cancer Screening

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.

Supporting the children of alcoholic parents

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-operation; how refreshing.

Syria

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.