Our Man - Farming in Kent

The Kent Show is always fascinating as well as fun, and this year in particular the debate about how farming will thrive after Brexit made it especially pertinent.

Commons Touch - 70 Years of the NHS

For some years one of the permanent issues which has been rumbling in the background without ever quite grabbing the headlines has been mental health.

Our Man - Planning and Developments

Planning is at the forefront of many people’s thoughts at the moment, both locally as we move to the final stages of the preparation of Ashford’s Local Plan, and nationally as the Government ponders changes to the National Planning Policy Framework.

Commons Touch - Supporting local businesses and road works

Taking the temperature of local business is always interesting and important, and at this delicate time for the national economy it is particularly relevant. So one of my regular business breakfasts organised by the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce was very timely last Friday.

Our Man - Social Care and Housing

The recent event at Farrow Court, the excellent housing complex run for older people by Ashford Borough Council, illustrates what can be done when you treat housing not just as an important police area in itself, but as a key which can unlock the door to other desirable outcomes.

Our Man - Junction 10a on the M20

Anyone travelling past the Tesco superstore will have spotted that work on the new Junction 10A has already started in earnest. This is a junction which, when I first became Ashford’s MP twenty years ago, was promised “in seven years’ time”.

Our Man - Minister visits Park Mall

Along with councillors and officers from Ashford Borough Council I had an interesting morning showing the Minister for Town Centres, Jake Berry, around some of our significant changes.