14 DEC 2017

We must build the homes our young people need

Everyone knows we need to build more homes. It is the only way we can truly ensure the dream of owning your own home is kept alive for young people. Yes, the Help to Buy scheme and cutting stamp duty help more people get on the housing ladder. Yet it is the building of more quality and affordable homes which is most vital of all. In Dover and Deal our hard work has been paying off. A total of 150 homes were registered in the first quarter of 2017, compared to the...

11 DEC 2017

Urging the PM to make Dover a Brexit trade talks priority

The smooth flow of traffic through the Port of Dover must be a key priority of Brexit trade talks, I told the Prime Minister. Speaking in the House of Commons on Monday (December 11th), I asked Theresa May whether she agreed that the Channel Ports are a "critical issue". The Prime Minister said the Government recognises the importance of Dover. She said a key part of a trade deal with the European Union will be working towards "tariff free and frictionless"...

08 DEC 2017

Live exports from Dover and Ramsgate must end post-Brexit

The cruel trade of live animal exports at ports like Dover and Ramsgate should be ended as soon as the UK leaves the European Union. I asked Ministers to ensure that the slaughter of UK animals takes places in UK abattoirs, overseen by qualified vets. I spoke out in the House of Commons on Thursday, December 7th. Environment Secretary Michael Gove confirmed the Government's approach to live exports could change after Brexit. He also praised my campaigning on live...

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