Budget 2020

This Budget delivers on people’s priorities.

Right now, one of those priorities is responding to Covid-19.

It’s time to finally get lifts at Headcorn station

People have waited long enough for lifts at Headcorn station. It’s a busy station and the steps pose a real challenge for many people.

I’ve called for Headcorn to be included in the list of stations receiving funds from the Government’s Access for All programme.

We need to find a way forward on Stockbury junction

People are fed up of sitting in queues on the M2 Junction 5. The junction badly needs upgrading to cope with the volume of traffic.

Highways England came up with a plan to improve this junction last year, which had widespread support.

A better future for Platts Heath and Sandway

People in Platts Heath and Sandway have two good reasons to celebrate.

The site of a proposed lorry park is set to become a new woodland instead. This is great news for local residents and nature alike. 

Securing the future of Faversham’s Magna Carta

Faversham’s Magna Carta dates from 1300 and is one of the town’s most important treasures.

I’m delighted to be supporting plans for this ancient document to be put on permanent display in Faversham so it can be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.

An update on Thameslink services to Maidstone East

People were deeply frustrated when plans to introduce Thameslink services to Maidstone were delayed last year.

I asked the Department for Transport for an update and have been assured that these services will be up and running as soon as possible.

Brenley bottleneck needs fixing once and for all

I’ve stepped up calls to improve Brenley Corner.

Earlier this week I met the Roads Minister, Baroness Vere, to stress the need for improvement at this junction, which links the A2 with the M2.

More seasonal workers to support farmers

Farmers this year will be able to recruit more workers on a temporary basis from outside the EU.

I’m pleased the Government will be increasing the pilot Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme to 10,000 workers in 2020 – an increase from 2,500 workers last year.

Supporting people with sight loss

Every day around 250 people begin to lose their sight.

I’m proud to be supporting the RNIB in their work to improve the lives of blind and partially sighted people.