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Getting creative in Faversham

I visited artists taking part in East Kent Artists’ Open Houses this year.

It was great to see 17 houses and studios in Faversham taking part in this year’s event, creating a separate ‘Faversham trail’ for people to explore.

£1 billion deal to solve poor mobile coverage

Poor mobile phone coverage will be a thing of the past.

The Government’s £1 billion deal with the mobile phone industry is great news for people in rural areas in Faversham and Mid Kent who struggle to get mobile data.

Celebrating 25 years of the National Lottery

Since the first draw took place on 19 November 1994, the National Lottery has changed lives.

In the last 25 years the National Lottery has raised over £22 million for charities in Faversham and Mid Kent.

£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.