How to restart a heart

Every second counts when someone is having a heart attack. That's why I learned how to do life-saving CPR as part of British Heart Foundation [BHF], St John Ambulance and British Red Cross's Restart A Heart Day.

Make broadband accessible for all

I back the the Government's plans to put access to broadband on the same legal footing as other essential services like water and electricity. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport ran a consultation asking for people's views on how this policy will work which I responded to.

No more houses without investment in infrastructure

Sajid Javid has announced changes to the way planning authorities calculate how many homes they need to build in their area.

For Maidstone these changes mean an increase in the housing target from 883 to 1,236 more houses a year, for Swale it's going up from 776 to 1,054 .

"68 more carriages for Southeastern" says Transport Secretary

I'm delighted that the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced today that Southeastern commuters will benefit from 68 additional carriages. This will mean that there will be 5000 more seats on busy peak time trains, helping to reduce overcrowding.

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.