A Budget to Meet Priority Needs

Set against the financial headwinds from the Covid pandemic and the war in Ukraine, this year’s Budget needed to choose immediate priorities for national spending. I met with the Chancellor earlier this month to renew my calls that spending is focused on those who are older and the least well...

Calling for action to stop anti-social gang activity in the community

Residents from Dover and Deal have recently approached me about increasing anti-social gang activity, threatening residents’ safety and jeopardising access to community spaces such as cemeteries and support centres. I have written to local Police chiefs, including the Police and Crime Commissioner, calling for action to tackle threatening and violent...

Welcoming boost to funding for creative young people

I am pleased to welcome Art Council England’s huge increase in allocated funding for Dover’s Future Foundry. Future Foundry helps young people develop their creativity through projects that represent themselves and their local communities. By bringing young people together with others in their communities that can help them progress, creating...

The community impact of illegal migration

On Friday the Cabinet Minister for Immigration, Robert Jenrick MP, came to Dover to meet residents and councillors at my request. The small boats crisis is having a huge impact on our community, and has done now for a number of years, with ever increasing numbers of people arriving. There is widespread...

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