As a Conservative MP for Dover and Deal, Charlie is committed to working hard so that our corner of Kent gets its fair share of funding and resources from Westminster. His top priority is for the people of Dover and Deal to be better off and to get more jobs and money to the area.

Charlie lives at the heart of the constituency on the seafront. When he is not representing and speaking up for Dover and Deal in the House of Commons during the week, Charlie enjoys meeting people in the constituency at community days and public meetings. Charlie's father used to live at Bossington, near Aylesham, before he passed away and his family have lived in Kent and Sussex for the past 50 years.

Like Dover's much-loved former Conservative MP, the late Peter Rees, Charlie was a tax lawyer before he was elected. This means he knows a lot about our laws and about taxes and he thinks we should have fewer of both! Charlie is fighting hard to make Dover a 'People's Port', owned by the community itself and accountable to local people. He believes in the principle that Governments should let local communities have a bigger say on their futures.

Charlie also previously worked in pharmaceutical research and ran an award-winning small business. He understands the pressures on small and local businesses and how cutting taxes and red tape can really help firms provide more jobs and investment to the local area. Charlie was delighted to see Deal High Street get the recognition it deserves and win High Street of the Year in 2013. He is keen to promote our high streets and local business in Parliament whenever he can.

A research fellow at the Centre for Policy Studies and expert on tax and pensions, Charlie is concerned by the impact of high taxes on families – and particularly the least well-off. Dover was known as the 'Jewel in the Crown' of the nation and Charlie is working to ensure that the area reaches its maximum potential.

Most of all, Charlie cares about serving our community and the nation. His political hero is Abraham Lincoln and his view of public life is summed up by Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. "Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from this earth". MPs must serve the interests of constituents above all and always remember who their real masters are. If they don't do this, the public very rapidly lose trust in politicians and the Government.

That is why Charlie believes in honest expenses – he pays for his own housing, food and furniture. And he pays for this website. He believes that public representatives must always be fair and transparent when claiming expenses from hard-working taxpayers.

This website has been recently re-launched in March 2014 to give you more and better information about how Charlie is serving Dover and Deal. This website aims to tell you more about Charlie's work, explain what Conservatives stand for and allow more people to get involved.

Charlie answers every letter or email so please get in touch with him with any problems, suggestions or queries. It's really easy, just email Charlie at charlie.elphicke.mp@parliament.uk or see contact details on the 'Contact Me' tab. You can also comment on just about every page so please do tell me what matters to you.


15 comments

Nice to see a prospective Parliamentary candidate who has had a life before politics and has started and run a small business. We desperately need politicians who have experience of both. Good luck at the General Election.
- Donna

FEWER!
- Chris

Seconded! NuLabour is full of apparatchiks who've known nothing else but politics and have never dirtied their hands with running a business. I knew Charlie when he was at Nottingham Uni in the early 90's. He was a real grafter then, and he'd get my vote now - if I lived in Dover, that is.
- DavidG

Yes Chris you are right. It should be 'fewer' laws not 'less' laws. It all depends on whether the item is single or plural. e.g. Charlie's recent photograph shows him to have less hair and fewer hairs. I presume that this means that Charlie shops in Tesco Dover (10 items or less - in spite of my regular complaint to customer services) rather than the more up-market Deal Sainsbury (fewer than 10 items). :-)
- Bob

Gee thanks! Now I really do feel old. Although I do like the Deal Sainsburys I'll have you know, as I can walk to it! :-)
- Charlie Elphicke

I would just like to say that I am 22 so this is the first general election I am voting in and you definately have my vote. You are awesome and definately good for all of us around here x
- Tascha

Congratulations on winning the Dover/Deal seat Charlie , let's hope your beloved "bosses" will back you up to keep your campaign promises
- H.H.B.

I plan to do all I can to deliver on our priorities. Obviously it won't be easy - but I am very determined. Besides we've been waiting for our fair share for some 70 years - it's high time things got done.
- Charlie Elphicke

The word 'less' has been used with countable nouns for centuries; 'fewer' came into existence in the 19th century. It is perfectly correct to use 'less' with countable nouns, although some newspapers, publishing houses etc. will have style guides insisting on 'fewer' with countable nouns. It's a question of style and register, not grammar.
- Tony

Thank you for raising the issue of childrens rights to see both of their parents after a relationship breakdown. I am in the middle of trying to get access to my children having not seen them for 18 months and have often felt like a lonely voice. The children should always come first and this is a particularly senstive topic that no party has ever taken a lead on. For so many years having put up with Blair and his cronies perched in their ivory towers it felt like no-one was listening.
- Darren

charlie People would like to meet you at a surgery, but looking through your web site there appears to be no surgery dates, do you not hold them anymore?
- keith

Keith, Surgeries are held near to every other Friday. Just contact the office if you would like a surgery.
- Charlie Elphicke

Great work Charlie!
- Beth

I knew Peter Rees for a number of years and am so very pleased that you have his family values, and do not support 'gay marriages '. You have my vote.
- Stephanie

you may want to edit the following " MPs must serve the interests of MPs above all " in your meet charlie statement .. attention to detail dear boy !
- tony

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Charlie Elphicke

For me, there is nothing like the sound of the crashing waves as I walk up and down Deal beach with my family and our dog Star. It's a real privilege to serve our community in Parliament.

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