A strong local economy

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.

I want to help local businesses of all sizes succeed, through pro-business legislation and taxation, cutting unnecessary bureaucracy, reform of business rates and a Brexit deal that works fro everyone in Kent. 

We need investment in infrastructure so the local economy can grow, and excellent education so our children have the skills for the jobs of the future.

News

Budget 2020

This Budget delivers on people’s priorities.

Right now, one of those priorities is responding to Covid-19.

Securing the future of Faversham’s Magna Carta

Faversham’s Magna Carta dates from 1300 and is one of the town’s most important treasures.

I’m delighted to be supporting plans for this ancient document to be put on permanent display in Faversham so it can be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.

Record numbers at Apprenticeship Fair

A record number of students and employers took part in the 2020 Maidstone Apprenticeship Fair on Friday 7 February.

It’s fantastic to see more and more young people considering an apprenticeship as a way of getting on in life.

Kent MPs apprenticeship fair returns to Maidstone

I’m delighted to be working with other Kent MPs to host the third annual Maidstone Apprenticeship Fair.

Apprenticeships are a great way of learning while earning, and getting valuable qualifications at the same time. But we often don’t value them enough.

New Year message - 2020 is a year full of opportunities

This New Year is an exciting moment for our country. 

It’s a time to move on from past divisions, and be optimistic about the future.

Our Parliament has new energy and purpose to deliver on people’s priorities.

Clear message from voters in Faversham and Mid Kent

I am delighted to have been re-elected as Member of Parliament for Faversham and Mid Kent. Being an MP is a huge responsibility and I’m humbled that so many people have put their trust in me once again.

Getting creative in Faversham

I visited artists taking part in East Kent Artists’ Open Houses this year.

It was great to see 17 houses and studios in Faversham taking part in this year’s event, creating a separate ‘Faversham trail’ for people to explore.

Celebrating 25 years of the National Lottery

Since the first draw took place on 19 November 1994, the National Lottery has changed lives.

In the last 25 years the National Lottery has raised over £22 million for charities in Faversham and Mid Kent.

First official visit to Kent as Tourism Minister

I recently visited Simpsons Wine Estate in Barham in my new role as Minister for Tourism.

The visit was an opportunity to see how Kent’s booming food and drink sector can attract more visitors to the county and increase tourism revenue for local businesses.