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Restored Preston footbridge is a step forward for Faversham Station

It’s been closed for six months - making it harder for people living south of the railway to get into town - so I was delighted to re-open the Preston footbridge.

It’s been spruced up and strengthened so it can now stay open during the hop festival and other town events.

How I've voted on Brexit

There is no escaping the fact that we find ourselves in a difficult and divisive situation as a country, and this puts MPs in a difficult position too, as we try to work out the best way forward for our constituencies and our country.

Have we finally seen the back of Operation Stack?

We had a reminder of how bad Operation Stack could be when high winds caused problems at the ports a few weeks ago. That should be the last time we have to put up with the closure of the motorway, as Operation Stack has now been replaced by Operation Brock. 

Lets #EndFGM

I recently spoke in the FGM debate, here's what I said: 

 

 

I am going to read out the story of a 14-year-old girl who now lives in the UK and who I will call Aminah, although I warn hon. Members that it might not make for very comfortable listening. She says:

 

OFSTED should consider pupils' wellbeing and mental health

Three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental disorder and over half of mental health problems start by the age of 14. That means that schools have a crucial role in identifying children in need of help, and getting them that help.

Restore Faversham Station to its Victorian glory

Faversham station sets the scene when you arrive in the town, whether you’re a tourist or a commuter getting home after a long day in the office. It used to be a source of pride, but in recent decades it has become increasingly dilapidated.

We can’t go back to Operation Stack

We thought we’d seen the back of Operation Stack, but Kent once again ground to a halt last week – this time because of bad weather. It was a grim reminder of 2015, with short journeys taking hours, children unable to get to school and businesses losing money.