Standing up for Kent's farmers

Farming is at the heart of rural life in Faversham and Mid Kent - and it’s crucial to our tourism and food and drink industries. But it’s a tough business, so speaking up for farmers is an important part of my job as the MP.

Control expansion of Gypsy and Traveller sites

Kent has a long tradition of welcoming travellers and they are a valued part of our community. However in some areas, particularly around the villages of Headcorn, Ulcombe and Staplehurst, there has been such quick and uncontrolled growth of traveller sites that the permanent residents feel there is one rule for them and another for Travellers.

Backing local businesses

Businesses are the engine of the economy and we need successful local businesses to provide local jobs. There are clear signs that the economy is going in the right direction with more jobs in the UK than ever before. Locally, unemployment has halved since 2010 despite the squeeze on the public sector.

Ban lorry fly-parking

Lorries parking on residential roads, lay-bys, verges and other inappropriate places is a blight on parts of Kent. I'm campaigning for more parking spaces and tougher fines when drivers break the rules.

Better roads to keep Kent moving

Traffic on some of our roads - particularly at Brenley Corner - is out of control. With 1000s of new houses being built it will only get worse. The consequences of inadequate infrastructure were powerfully demonstrated in Summer 2015 when Operation Stack caused total chaos. That's why I'm campaigning for improvements to Kent's roads.

Faster broadband and better mobile coverage

Superfast broadband is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. Whether you’re running a business, staying in touch with family, doing homework or paying your bills, a quick and reliable internet connection is essential. But parts of Kent, particularly rural areas, are getting left behind. I'm campaigning for superfast broadband for every home and business in Faversham and Mid Kent.

Improving Kent's train services

People in Faversham and Mid Kent are fed up with delays, overcrowding and spiralling fares on Southeastern trains. I'm campaigning for fast, frequent, reliable and good value train services.

Fair funding for schools

Our children deserve the best education this country has to offer. That’s why I've launched a petition calling for a better deal on school funding.

Supporting our local NHS

Healthcare affects us all, whether we’re patients ourselves or our families and friends. As a parent, I make regular trips to the GP with my children and occasional visits to A&E too.

Getting the balance right on housing

After the economy, the number one worry people have talked to me about on the doorstep is development. Hundreds of new houses are being built on the edges of villages like Harrietsham, Lenham, Langley and others. On the other hand, many young people are struggling to buy a home. People are living longer and living apart, and together with immigration this means we need more houses.