The budget: Building the foundations for the future

Recovering from the financial crash was never going to be easy, and the latest growth forecasts suggest there’s a way to go. But there was good news for the economy in last week’s budget. We have the lowest unemployment since the 1970s and rising wages for the lowest paid.

Kent MPs criticise Thameslink delay

I joined forces with other Kent MPs to criticise the delay in introducing new train services from Maidstone East to the City of London.

Kent MPs join forces to call for medical school

Winter is the toughest time for the NHS, and organisations in Kent are facing critical challenges. One of the biggest reasons local hospitals are struggling is because they can’t recruit enough doctors.

Protect the protectors

On the walls at hospital A&E departments you often see posters saying things like ‘We want to help, don’t abuse us’, ‘Don’t take it out on our staff’ and ‘Stop abuse of NHS staff’. I find it shocking these posters are needed, but sadly they are.

Operation Stack: M20 MUST stay open

As we saw two summers ago, closing the M20 during Operation Stack has a terrible impact on Kent, with roads brought to a standstill, businesses unable to function and patients delayed getting to hospital.

Take my survey on mobile and broadband coverage

I recently tested out Ofcom's new checker on mobile and broadband availability, but it told me that areas with poor coverage like Headcorn and Doddington received 4G mobile and superfast broadband.

Solar Farm: I'm shocked at the scale of the proposal

I am shocked by the scale of the proposal to build a huge solar farm at Cleve Hill, covering Graveney marshes with panels. I am keen to see more of our energy coming from renewable sources, and I welcome clean, cheap, unsubsidised energy.