News

Our Man - Housing in Ashford

Two different publications which have landed on my desk this week give the up-to date picture of housing both in Ashford itself, and in comparison with the rest of the country.

Commons Touch - Celebrating English Tourism Week

English Tourism Week has become an increasingly important feature of the calendar at this time of year, marking the start of the domestic tourism season, and allowing us to celebrate the many different types of attraction that are available in Kent.

Our Man - Road surfaces and pot holes

Among the obvious victims of the unexpected (and unwelcome) March burst of freezing weather has been the road surfaces across Kent. Mainly on minor roads, but also to some extent on the motorways, there are now potholes galore. A number of people have been on to me about this.

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.

Over 100 people attended Damian Green MP First Jobs Fair

Last Friday the MP for Ashford Damian Green hosted his first Jobs Fair at Ashford College, which was attended by more than 100 people.  

 

The Jos Fair hosted a wide- range of employers from John Lewis to Kent Police, HR GO and The National Citizens Service.

 

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.