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Last week, we Got Brexit Done. For me this was the delivery of a key pledge in December’s election. Some two-thirds of people here in Dover & Deal voted to leave. Honouring that instruction was important to give people confidence in our democracy and institutions.

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Building a strong, prosperous country together

Last week I delivered my maiden speech to the House of Commons. The first time a Member of Parliament rises to speak in the Chamber is a big moment – a chance to tell the House about their constituency, their predecessor and their priorities. I

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Special marine protection for Goodwin Sands

Natalie is backing calls to improve environmental protection for the Goodwin Sands. Meeting with Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers, Natalie made the case for protecting the Sands for future generations by making a new class of ‘special marine interest’ sites in the Government’s upcoming Environment Bill.

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Natalie meets Port of Dover Chief Executive

I held talks with Port of Dover chief executive Doug Bannister this week.We met onto discuss investment plans, traffic management and the Port’s future jobs plan. Since becoming an MP, I have called for immediate investment in lorry parks, the Whitfield roundabout and the main

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Let’s come together as we leave the EU

Natalie says it’s time to say how much we love the UK as we leave the EU on ‪31st January 2020 – and that the occasion should be marked by a fireworks display that can be seen from France. Natalie was responding to a call

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Axe the M20 Smart Motorway scheme

Natalie Elphicke called in Parliament for a debate on road investment in Kent and urged the Chancellor Sajid Javid to axe the “dangerous” Smart Motorway project on the M20. Asking her first ever question in Parliament to Leader of the Commons The Rt Hon Jacob

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Let’s get Brexit done and move forward

It is a great honour to have been elected to serve as your Member of Parliament. The strength of the result was the clearest possible direction from the people of Dover & Deal to get Brexit Done so we can move forward as a country.

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Deal Station upgrades secured

Deal will receive a six-figure sum of Government funding after I pressed for train station upgrades. The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that Deal station will be awarded £105,000 for accessibility improvements under the Access for All scheme. The

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Budget announcement brings A2 dualling closer

I welcome the Budget announcement that brings the long awaited A2 dualling a step closer. Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that the Lower Thames Crossing will be going ahead as planned. Alongside the Budget, the Department

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Much to celebrate in Dover & Deal

It was the February half term Parliamentary recess recently. Contrary to popular belief, this isn’t a time when MPs or their teams stop working. Quite the opposite. It is a time to have important constituency meetings in order to ensure

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Major upgrade for Buckland Hospital

Buckland Hospital will shortly open as one of the new class of Urgent Treatment Centres being rolled out across the country. The new centre in Dover will be a major upgrade to the existing Minor Injuries Unit. It will have

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Visiting Linden Hall Studios

I visited an art gallery in Deal holding a special exhibition of famous photos from the National Portrait Gallery. The work of Herb Schmitz – who photographed musical giants including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie

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Rough sleeping in Dover

New figures show rough sleeping in the Dover district has more than halved in the last year following a major injection of Government funding. Nine people were recorded as sleeping rough in the most recent official count in November 2019,

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Moving forward, making the change we need

Time flies. Already two months have passed since the State Opening of Parliament and the Queen’s Speech, which came at the end of one of the most volatile years in British political history. The country is now finally moving forward

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