Kindness and resilience got us through worst floods (27 Feb 2014)
Charlie discusses the community's repsonse to recent flooding.
"There has been a real sense of community and friendship in the crisis. I met so many people who have been working tirelessly to help their neighbours. It shows how resilient we are when we are tested."
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Use progress to show that naysayers are in the wrong (20 Feb 2014)
Things are finally starting to move forward in Dover. Yet astonishingly there are still those who oppose a community led port, who want things to stay the same, and who want to deny local people a stake in Dover's future.
"This underlines why we need a truly community led port. They wouldn't be able to sideline our community then."
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It's important I campaign on national and local matters (13 Feb 2014)
Charlie's focus is on local issues such as stopping the port sell off, getting our community a fairer share of healthcare, and more jobs and money.
Yet he is also a leading voice in Parliament when it comes to important national issues too. Read this week's article to find out more...
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I am fighting to secure the future of our local hospitals (06 Feb 2014)
A new hospital for Dover • Saving Deal Hospital • A fair share of local healthcare
"The new hospital in Dover will provide so much better care. Saving Deal Hospital is really important to Deal and will ensure that local services continue to be provided there."
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People's Port without the people is just puppet show (30 Jan 2014)
Since being elected nearly four years ago, Charlie has worked hard to get things finally moving forward for Dover. In this week's article, he discusses the big issues affecting the town.
"Dover could be a truly amazing town. It should be a jewel in the crown of the nation."
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It's time to get tough on bank fees which are simply unfair (23 Jan 2014)
Charlie makes the case in Parliament for reform of unfair bank overdraft fees.
"Banks should be made to operate a grace period of at least three days before those charges kick in. People should be able to overdraw for a short time without being charged."
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Communities must control their hospital (16 Jan 2014)
Charlie discusses his Parliamentary Bill to give locale people ownership of community hospitals.
"This principle should be extended to 300 community hospitals up and down the land. We should give local people back the chance to have a stake in and a responsibility for local services."
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Three pieces of good news for Deal and Walmer area (09 Jan 2014)
Charlie talks about the recent good news stories for Deal and Walmer.
- New agri-science campus at Betteshanger - 1,000 new jobs.
- All day fast train service to London for Deal, Walmer and Martin Mill.
- Successful community campaign to safegaurd Deal Hospital.
"I hope these welcome events will lay the foundation for Deal and Walmer to do even better in the future. To have more jobs and money, high quality locally-provided healthcare, great culture and a fantastic high street."
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Not the time to abandon principle of people's port (19 Dec 2013)
A positive vision for Dover
Charlie sets out his vision for community ownership of the port and regeneration for Dover.
"So I don't think we should dump the People's Port. I think we should thank them for saving our port. And we should take forward the kind of change we can make. Otherwise our port will stay the same and end up being sold off anyway in a decade or so."
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New system gives public a greater say in NHS care (12 Dec 2013)
Fair share of healthcare
Under Government health reforms, doctors and the Clinical Commissioning Group have the final say on what services are provided locally. That's why Charlie is encouraging people to let the health trust know their views by responding to the consultation on outpatients services and attending the public meetings next year.
"We are gettting a fairer share of healthcare for Dover with the new hospital. Now we need to secure a fair share of healthcare for Deal too. Everyone who cares should join me and get involved, not only in saving Deal Hospital, but in getting more and better services there."
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