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£5,000 for every secondary school pupil

I’m pleased the Schools Minister has listened to my request for extra funding for Kent schools.

Every secondary school in Faversham and Mid Kent will now be guaranteed at least £5,000 per pupil with every primary school pupil getting at least £3,750 from central funds.

More police on our streets

It’s good news that Kent is getting 147 more police officers next year as part of a recruitment drive by the Home Office.

This builds on the work being done by Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott, to recruit 450 more police officers in the county.

An update on the Faversham Swing Bridge campaign

The campaign to restore Faversham’s Creek Bridge is swinging into action.

Having spoken to Kent County Council leader, Paul Carter, I'm pleased to provide an update on where things stand.

Faversham is eager to go greener

We need to be ambitious about green transport in Faversham, but I’m worried Swale Borough Council are dragging their feet.

We’re still waiting for the two electric car charging points that were promised for the town in June.

Celebrating National Libraries Week in Maidstone

I visited Maidstone Library on Friday 4 October ahead of this year’s National Libraries Week (7-12 October).

This was my first visit to the Library in my role as Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism – which includes responsibility for libraries and museums.

Maidstone Local Plan must reduce traffic

Reducing congestion on roads needs to be the focus for our new Local Plan in Maidstone.

The new Local Plan will set out planning policy in Maidstone for the next 20 years and should focus on improving quality of life for local people.

First official visit to Kent as Tourism Minister

I recently visited Simpsons Wine Estate in Barham in my new role as Minister for Tourism.

The visit was an opportunity to see how Kent’s booming food and drink sector can attract more visitors to the county and increase tourism revenue for local businesses.

East Kent Recycling needs to stick to the rules

I was disappointed by the decision to give the go ahead for the expansion of East Kent Recycling’s plant at Oare Creek. I was strongly opposed to the development along with the town council, parish council, and local people.