News en Keep Maidstone Moving <p>Maidstone’s road network is unique. It is where four of Kent’s arterial routes meet and it encompasses four junctions of the M20.</p>&#13; &#13; <p>The volume of traffic this creates means there is little or no resilience in the network. A broken-down car on the Tonbridge Road can therefore lead to gridlock on the A249; or disruption on the M20 can mean hours of delays in the south of the town.  All too often making us late for work, school or other commitments.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2020 09:27:53 +0000 5253 at Homelessness Reduction in Maidstone <p>Rough sleeping is a complex and multi-faceted problem and there is, of course, no silver bullet solution. The issue can only be solved sustainably if its root causes are properly tackled.</p>&#13; &#13; <p>To end rough sleeping, we must therefore not only provide the accommodation required, but also ensure that people are: helped to tackle addiction, supported into employment, provided with proper access to healthcare and that issues relating to family breakdown are addressed.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2020 13:39:38 +0000 5252 at Housing and Infrastructure <p>For at least the last five years, the most persistent  issue raised with me by the people of Maidstone &amp; the Weald has been concern about excessive housing development, particularly when it isn’t accompanied by the required infrastructure.   It was at the forefront of my discussions on the doorstep during the recent election campaign and dealing with it remains one of my top priorities for the coming 5-year parliamentary term.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2020 13:15:39 +0000 5251 at UK Africa Investment Summit <p>On Monday this week I joined our Prime Minister and 16 African Heads of State in London at our first UK-Africa Trade and Investment Summit.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2020 10:58:05 +0000 5248 at Iran <p>As the UK prepares to leave the EU one of our new Government’s priorities is to strengthen our role in international affairs.  Fittingly, the first debate on the Queens Speech in Parliament this week was named ‘Britain in the World’ and was particularly timely in view of the current volatile political situation in the Middle East.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2020 10:45:36 +0000 5247 at Local MPs to Host Third Addition of Ground breaking Apprenticeship Fair <p>Helen Grant MP, Tracey Crouch MP, Helen Whately MP and Tom Tugendhat MP will be hosting the third annual Maidstone Apprenticeship Fair on Friday 7th February at Maidstone Leisure Centre. </p> Thu, 23 Jan 2020 11:20:26 +0000 5249 at 2020: The Year Ahead <p>2020 is certain to be an historic year for our sceptered isles. We will leave the European Union and chart a new relationship with our closest geographical neighbours, based on free trade and security co-operation. The coming 12 months will also empower us as an outward looking economy seeking beneficial new trade agreements all around the world. Our businesses will be unfettered in approaching new markets and opportunities large and small; including many here in Maidstone and The Weald.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2020 11:34:12 +0000 5243 at MPs Request Call in of 'Inappropriate' Housing Application <p>Local MPs Tracey Crouch and Helen Grant have formally requested the Secretary of State call in the Gladman application to develop land between Aylesford and Allington.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2020 15:58:05 +0000 5250 at Christmas <p>It’s the most wonderful time of the year, according to the dulcet tones of the late great Andy Williams on my radio, and so it may be for those of us with family, friends and festive fare abounding.  For others, however, Christmas can magnify the starkness of loneliness and for some, the desperation of homelessness.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2020 13:11:04 +0000 5242 at Thank You <p>As the dust begins to settle following last week’s General Election, I want to thank people in Maidstone and The Weald for again placing their trust in me as their MP. It is humbling to have your support and I am enormously privileged to continue to serve our fabulous community. </p> Thu, 19 Dec 2019 14:16:26 +0000 5241 at