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Super Neighbours scheme extended for frontline emergency workers

The Super Neighbours scheme set up to help people shielding during the coronavirus outbreak has been extended to cover frontline emergency workers with “Super Shoppers”.   Dover District Council leader Cllr Trevor Bartlett and I set up the original project which paired vulnerable people with volunteers so that

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Welcome news that migrants will face quarantine

I welcome moves by the Home Office to bring in a 14-day quarantine for migrants who cross the English Channel illegally – and talks with France aimed at increasing the number of returns.  The news comes as another 14 migrants were intercepted yesterday, following a record day recorded over

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Fighting to save local jobs

The coronavirus outbreak is having a profound impact. Not just on our health and the economy, but also on how we communicate and how we work. It will do so for some time to come. When all of this is said and done, nothing will

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Migrants must be returned to France

I welcome moves by Home Secretary Priti Patel to seek agreement with France for the return of more migrants – as well as more stringent patrols.  More than 280 illegal entrants crossed the Channel over three days over the Bank Holiday weekend.   This included eight boats carrying 145

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Businesses come together to set up PPE supply service

Local businesses have got together to set up and manage a PPE supply service for East Kent, backed by myself and the Dover and East Kent Chambers of Commerce.  The service will receive requests from those who need the equipment, seeking to match them with suppliers, as well

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Ferries are the safest way to travel

Ferries are the safer way to travel abroad during the coronavirus outbreak, I told Parliament this week.   Social distancing is more achievable on large ships compared to aeroplanes, meaning they represent a “Covid-secure option”.  I made the point as I outlined my plan to counter the

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Welcome news that migrants will face quarantine

I welcome moves by the Home Office to bring in a 14-day quarantine for migrants who cross the English Channel illegally – and talks with France aimed at increasing the number of returns.  The news comes as another 14 migrants were intercepted yesterday, following

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