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Thameslink boss responds to delays

The chief executive of Thameslink has written back to me about the delayed introduction of Thameslink services from Maidstone East. In his letter he says that the new services have been postponed to avoid disruption on existing services. 

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.

I asked: 

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.

Kent MPs join forces to call for medical school

Winter is the toughest time for the NHS, and organisations in Kent are facing critical challenges. One of the biggest reasons local hospitals are struggling is because they can’t recruit enough doctors.

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.