10 JAN 2018

Kent Police backs my campaign for "Robert's Law"

Kent Police's drugs chief has backed my campaign for "Robert's Law" – which would toughen legislation concerning super-strength synthetic opioids. I am working with the mum of a Deal teenager who died in November 2016 after being given fentanyl, a substance 50 times stronger than heroin. Robert Fraser, 18, was discovered unresponsive in his bedroom two days after a dealer gave him the drug, saying it was similar to ecstasy. I wrote to Kent Police asking for...

04 JAN 2018

Ambitious for our area in 2018

As the New Year begins it's time to ask: what's next for Dover and Deal? Everyone knows the story of how far we have come since 2010. A new hospital built in Dover. Deal hospital saved. The port sell-off stopped. £400 million invested in our area. Unemployment near halved. The Calais Jungle dismantled. The fast train sweeping into our stations, all day every day. Everyone should be proud of what we have achieved together in the past seven years. Yet we must keep...

02 JAN 2018

Millions more for east Kent hospitals

I welcome news that millions of extra pounds – the equivalent of 150 nurses – is being invested in east Kent hospitals this winter. East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust has been granted an additional £3.42 million to cope with winter pressures. Health bosses tell me Buckland Hospital has prepared earlier and more extensively than ever this year, with a focus on extra staff and community support to help discharge patients quickly. We've been...

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