Our Man - Celebrating National Apprenticeship week

All this week we have been marking National Apprenticeship Week, which is really important in raising awareness of apprenticeships not just among young people (and some older workers) but also among employers.

Commons Touch - Britain's Airport Expansion

It may seem as though the debate over where London’s next airport runway should be does not have much immediate relevance for businesses in Kent, but a presentation by Heathrow at the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce in Ashford revealed that businesses based here have strong views.

Our Man - World Cancer Day

This month has seen World Cancer Day, which is used to raise the profile of the effects of the various forms of this terrible disease. I have been looking at how Ashford performs in various ways of helping to prevent cancer.

Commons Touch - Sir Keith Speed

This is the week when I must pay tribute to my predecessor as Ashford’s MP, Sir Keith Speed, who died recently.

Our Man - Ashford Jobs Fair

It has been really interesting over the past few weeks discovering the degree of enthusiasm for my first Jobs Fair.

Commons Touch - Extra Police on our streets.

Following on from the very good news that Kent can recruit up to 200 extra police officers comes the equally welcome announcement that Ashford Police Station has been saved.

MP Damian Green signs Holocaust Educational Trust Book of Commitment

This week Damian Green signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to ed

Our Man - Extra policing in Kent

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.

Ashford Police Station to be refurbished

The Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott, has agreed to release funds from his investment reserves to make significant improvements to Ashford Police Station.