Supporting local businesses, education, and skills

Learning is crucial in helping people achieve their potential. This starts with giving every child a good school place, but also includes support for apprenticeships and lifelong learning opportunities.

I’ll continue to stand up for our local businesses and work with local groups and councils to attract investment and jobs into Kent.

People who are working or studying increasingly depend on the internet, which I why I’m determined to end "not spots" and slow broadband speeds in Faversham and Mid Kent.

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Fairer funding for Kent's schools

Our children deserve the best education this country has to offer. We have many excellent and good schools in Kent, but it’s becoming harder for those schools to maintain the standard of education they are offering because of the way they are funded nationally.

Better broadband for people in Headcorn

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, including Headcorn, are getting left behind.


Funding boost for our schools

Schools in Kent will be getting £1.44 billion in funding this year - £115 million more than last year.

The extra funding is part of a £4 billion boost for the schools budget in England – a real terms increase of 5 per cent on last year.

Christmas card winner announced

I’m delighted to announce the winner of my 2021 Christmas card competition.

This year’s winning design comes from Hermione from Hollingbourne Primary School. It features a winter rooftop scene beneath a dark blue starry sky.

Backing Small Business Saturday

From booksellers to butchers, small businesses make the places we love special.

I called into a number of shops and businesses in Faversham to mark Small Business Saturday on 4 December.

Litter Angels competition winner announced

It’s horrid seeing rubbish lying around on pavements and roadsides.

Littering can change the look and feel of a place. It can also be hugely damaging for wildlife and the environment.

New role to lead recovery from Covid

I’m delighted to have been appointed Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury.

The Treasury is at the heart of our efforts to boost growth and level up the economy as we recover from the pandemic.

£4 million funding boost for our schools

I’m delighted that our schools are getting a 5.8 per cent increase in funding next year.

This is another step to getting fairer funding for Kent’s schools, which have for years received less money than schools in other parts of the country.

End of the road for temporary closures

I’m pleased that Swale Borough Council has listened to people and businesses in Faversham and decided to reverse the temporary road closures in the town.

New Art and Technology Block will help pupils achieve their potential

It was a huge privilege to open the new Art and Technology Block at The Abbey School in Faversham earlier this month.

This fantastic new facility will help give pupils at the school the best possible place to learn and put the school on a strong footing for the future.

Concerns about Faversham road closures need to be addressed

I know there are strong feelings about the road closures in Faversham.

Temporary closures were introduced by Swale Borough Council last summer to allow for social distancing on some of the busiest streets in the town, but there are now plans to make these closures permanent.