Parliamentary debate about High Speed One

On Tuesday 21st January 2020, I led a parliamentary debate on High Speed One (HS1) rolling stock to discuss the need for new rolling stock on the High Speed line.

Our man - An update about the M20

After spending last Saturday unusually in Westminster I had hoped to be able to write this column explaining what happens next in the Brexit saga. Sadly as I write nothing is yet clear, and I can only hope that we can see the route ahead by the time you are reading this.

Our Man - Celebrating charities and volunteering in Ashford

Most of the time this column is useful to address the problems and complaints people have. There is never a shortage of subjects! Occasionally though I like to use it to remind us all of the quiet good work that goes on around our local community every day.

Our Man - Give a Day to Policing

With crime and policing prominent in the news at the moment, I was pleased to take part in the Give a Day to Policing scheme this year. This is an invitation given to MPs to spend a day with police officers out at the sharp end, to see how the demands on the police are changing.

Ashford MP encourages local firms to recruit disabled people

Ashford employers are grouping together to support more disabled people into jobs.

The disability employment rate is now nearly 52%, up from 44% five years ago. Ashford wants to go further by hosting a Disability Confident event.

Our Man - Supporting local businesses, and my views on Brexit

There has been a distinct shift in the wind in Ashford businesses’ attitude to Brexit in recent months. At the start of this year the real fear was of a No Deal exit, and all the potential difficulties that would cause. More recently the biggest problem has been the continuing uncertainty.