I will continue to oppose Woodcut Farm development

I am disappointed that outline planning permission for an industrial development has been granted for Woodcut Farm by Maidstone Borough Council’s Planning Committee by a 7-5 majority.

"Will disabled passengers get a seat on trains?"

I asked the Rail Minister what steps he is taking to make sure that passengers with disabilities will be able to sit down on busy trains now that there won't be first class seats on peak time trains.

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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.

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.

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.