One of my most useful recent meetings was with the Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent, Matthew Scott, whose role is to set the policing priorities for the county, and then hold the Chief Constable to account for meeting them.
Clearly the health service has remained the main political talking point both locally and nationally over recent days, and I had a very instructive time at the William Harvey hospital at the end of last week.
As one of my last engagements before Christmas, it was a particular pleasure to launch the new Kent-wide Restorative Justice service at Compass House in Ashford. The service has been introduced by Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott.
There are times when Ashford shows that it can really rise to the occasion, and one of those took place with the service of commemoration to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Cambrai. The service took place at the unique site of the town’s Mark 4 World War One tank.
Amid the various other matters which have been filling the media this week I am always determined to remember that there is a job to do as a constituency MP and to carry on doing it whatever the distractions.
One of the most important decisions for the future of thousands of commuters from Ashford, and other rail users, will be taken in the next few months. This is the decision over who will run the rail franchise for our area from the end of 2018 for the next nine years.
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