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.

News

Launching my business newsletter

I’ve launched a new quarterly newsletter for businesses in Faversham and Mid Kent.

I’m starting these updates in addition to my surgeries, meetings and visits - to keep local businesses up to date on what's going on, both at a national level and here in the constituency.

I'm backing Lenham Nursery expansion

Finding a good nursery is so important for parents and children.

It was great to visit Lenham Nursey last week to talk to some of the Trustees and staff about their plans for the future.

Funding boost for local schools

I’m delighted that two local schools in Faversham and Mid Kent are getting funding to upgrade their buildings.

Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School and Sheldwich Primary School have both been successful in the latest round of funding from the Condition Improvement Fund (CIP).

Spring Statement helps tackle cost of living

These are difficult times – inflation and surging energy bills are putting a squeeze on households and businesses across the country.

Our Spring Statement helps people with the cost of living now, while taking the long-term decisions that will boost growth and share prosperity.

Maidstone Apprenticeship Fair returns!

Our Maidstone Apprenticeship Fair is about matching local students with some of the fantastic opportunities out there.

I’ve hosted it every year since 2018 with my fellow Kent MPs Tracey Crouch, Helen Grant, and Tom Tugendhat – but sadly we had to miss last year because of Covid.  

A helping hand for the Hot Tin

The past two years have been incredibly tough for many of our local businesses.

I recently called into the Hot Tin in Faversham to see how this fabulous local café and music venue is getting back on its feet after the pandemic.

3,000 ‘Kickstarters’ in Kent

Latest stats show that over 3,000 young people across Kent have benefitted from our Kickstart scheme.

It was great to be back at the West Faversham Community Centre last week – talking to young people about how the work placements provided by Kickstart are helping them find jobs.

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.