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.

Our Man - The William Harvey

It would be wrong to say that all has been quiet since I last wrote this column before Christmas.

Commons Touch - Restorative Justice Launch

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.

Commons Touch - 100th anniversary of the Battle of Cambrai

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.

Our Man - 10 years of High Speed 1 (HS1)

In the midst of some less cheerful activity it was a real pleasure to be able to attend two events in one day which showcased some good things that are happening in Ashford.