With investment and vision, Dover can become a jewel in the crown of the nation (18 Dec 2014)

Charlie reflects on news that Dover Harbour Board has appointed its first community directors. 

"The next stage is to secure the investment needed to transform the port. The Western Docks Revival is a great plan. My vision is that the town centre development should cross over the A20 properly to join town and waterfront."

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We must never let the hostage takers win (11 Dec 2014)

"To negotiate with evil terrorist groups like al-Qaeda would only encourage more hostage taking and fund terrorism. Tough though it is, we must stand strong in the face of their threats and barbaric world view."

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Small businesses make the world go round (04 Dec 2014)

Charlie gives his support to Small Business Saturday.

"I hope you will join me on Saturday to show support for small businesses in our area. If you're out on Saturday buying the Christmas presents, doing a food shop, or even picking up a coffee in the local cafe, every purchase helps our small businesses to grow and thrive."

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Better schools give our children a brighter future (27 Nov 2014)

Charlie makes a point of regulalrly visiting local schools to see for himself how things are going. Here he talks about the improvements being made and the rise in academic standards.

"I will continue to do all I can to support our schools in providing students with the best education and the greatest possible start in life. It's no more than our young people in Dover and Deal deserve."

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We can honour our fallen heroes by building a more peaceful and prosperous future (13 Nov 2014)

During a week of fitting remembrance for our fallen heroes, Charlie talks about how important it is that we heed the lessons of the past to build a better future.

"It is important that in marking the centenary of the First World War we take heed of the lessons. It is too easy for history to repeat itself. It is too easy to sleep walk into war. And it is hard to build a strong international system where disputes among nations can be settled peacefully. Yet we must." 

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Our long term plan is working for Dover and Deal (06 Nov 2014)

Our long term plan for Dover and Deal is working and means a better future for our part of Kent.

"Increasingly there is a sense of change. We are seeing more jobs and more money. This is being achieved because everyone has worked so hard with a shared ideal of the kind of place we can build. Together we have made a difference and it is together we shall continue to take forward the long term plan for our area."

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Calais migration chaos shows we're no longer a soft touch (30 Oct 2014)

Strong action to make our borders stronger means Britain is no longer a soft touch - now the rest of the EU must act too.

"We need to ensure we continue to work with the French Government to keep our borders secure. And we need to press the EU to take responsibility too and put an end to the movement of people across Europe to Calais."

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A people's port is rising at the docks (23 Oct 2014)

Charlie welcomes the new ports minister to the community-led people's port rising at the docks in Dover.

"The new Ports Minister was deeply impressed by what he saw. Much new investment is being made. There are plans for more."

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Making a difference to people's daily lives (16 Oct 2014)

Charlie talks about some the local people he has helped recently.

"Making a difference to our country and our community really matters. Yet making a difference to people in their daily lives is in so many ways the most fulfilling part of my work."

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Time to shine a light on cowardly internet trolls (09 Oct 2014)

Charlie says it's time Parliament considers laws to tackle hate-hurling internet trolls.

"How can we clean up the Internet? The bottom line is you don't hurl abuse at people you meet in the street because they know who you are. You are accountable and must take responsibility. We cracked down on poison pen letters in the past. We dealt with the deep breathers who used to call people up with call tracing." 

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