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.

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£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.

National recovery at the heart of Queen's Speech

National recovery is at the heart of the Government’s plans for the year ahead.

As the phenomenal success of the vaccine rollout continues, our focus is on rebuilding from the pandemic and delivering improvements that matter to people.

Helping our high streets recover

The pandemic has been tough on our high streets and village centres.

But as we continue to make progress in controlling the virus – and our vaccine rollout reaches more people every day – we can look forward to more of our shops and local businesses being able to reopen.