Here's to The Harrow!


I was delighted to attend the official re-opening of The Harrow pub in Stockbury village a few nights ago. It was a fantastic event to be part of as the pub's story is heart-warming for the local community.

Happy birthday Headcorn!

It's amazing to think how much has changed since the first steam engine roared into Headcorn Station - perhaps scaring horses and overturning carts. It must have been an extraordinary sight, and a huge change for the village.

I've called a halt to Maidstone's Local Plan

I am very worried about Maidstone’s Local Plan. I have urged Maidstone Council and the Planning Inspector himself to make changes, but they have just steamrollered on. I wish we could have solved this locally, but we’re running out of time.

Green spaces are good for mental health

Living near a green space is good for physical and mental health, but people in the most deprived areas of the country are the least likely to have access to the natural environment.

We must do more for young people's mental health

Last week was A-Level results week, a time of celebration and the start of an exciting new chapter for many school-leavers. Congratulations! But there aren’t prizes for everyone. It’s easy to forget that while some are celebrating A grades, there are others coping with disappointment.

A productive economy is the way to pay for public sector pay rise

In the last few weeks I’ve received hundreds of emails about public sector pay and I’ve spoken to nurses, teachers and police officers directly. I want to see public sector workers paid fairly – a decent amount for the work they do, and enough to pay the bills.  

Let's congratulate the NHS - not weaponise it

Our national health service was last week judged the best, safest and most affordable healthcare system—better than that of France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand. Too often in this House, we focus on the negatives.