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Applications open for £92 million Culture Recovery Fund

Applications have opened for the £92 million Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage, which is aimed at helping heritage organisations to recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Funds will be distributed by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England on behalf of the

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Making the most of whatever lies ahead

Last week saw the Parliamentary term come to a close. It has undoubtedly been one of the strangest times in our democratic history. Parliament, like all parts of our life, had to find a different way of operating in the wake of the pandemic. An

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No plans to reduce High Speed services

I am pleased that Southeastern Railway have confirmed to me that there are no plans to remove the all-day High Speed service to Deal, Walmer and Martin Mill. Several constituents have contacted me in recent months, concerned about possible reductions in our High Speed rail

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Time to end illegal small boat crossings

It’s time to put an end to the illegal small boat crossings. This will only happen when it is made clear that they won’t succeed. For me that has three parts: stopping the boats leaving in the first place, sending boats back to France rather

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Speaking up for others and delivering results

It’s been a somewhat eventful start, but it is truly an honour to be serving my home community of Dover & Deal as the Member of Parliament. Over the last six months I’ve raised concerns in the House of Commons chamber, in front of TV

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Change means opportunity

It’s a great privilege to have been elected as the Member of Parliament for Dover & Deal last December. Over the last few days I was reflecting on what an extraordinary six months or so it has been. Six months ago, I shared that sense

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Thank you to everyone looking out for each other

As the Prime Minister warned this week, each and every one of us should be vigilant about the potential for a second wave of coronavirus. It remains incredibly important that people are sensible and social distance wherever possible going forward. But it is also a good

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Maternity inquiry must look to deliver urgent improvement

The inquiry into East Kent maternity care should focus on how the trust can deliver urgent improvements to services.  The independent investigation was ordered by Government following requests from local MPs including myself and Sir Roger Gale.  It will be led by maternity expert Dr Bill Kirkup and five

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Dame Vera deserves special recognition

Dame Vera Lynn celebrated our White Cliffs with her famous song for the fighting troops back in 1942. Following her death last week, I have called for Dame Vera herself to be celebrated here in White Cliffs country with a lasting memorial.  The Forces Sweetheart

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Making the most of whatever lies ahead

Last week saw the Parliamentary term come to a close. It has undoubtedly been one of the strangest times in our democratic history. Parliament, like all parts of our life, had to find a different way of operating in the

Read More

No plans to reduce High Speed services

I am pleased that Southeastern Railway have confirmed to me that there are no plans to remove the all-day High Speed service to Deal, Walmer and Martin Mill. Several constituents have contacted me in recent months, concerned about possible reductions

Read More

Time to end illegal small boat crossings

It’s time to put an end to the illegal small boat crossings. This will only happen when it is made clear that they won’t succeed. For me that has three parts: stopping the boats leaving in the first place, sending

Read More

Change means opportunity

It’s a great privilege to have been elected as the Member of Parliament for Dover & Deal last December. Over the last few days I was reflecting on what an extraordinary six months or so it has been. Six months

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