Demolition of hated block an apt symbol of town's progress (12 May 2016)
Charlie discusses Dover's future in the wake of Burlington House's demolition.
"Seeing Burlington House finally come down shows how far we've come together in recent years. Before 2010 the idea that Burlington House would come down seemed a distant dream. Back then unemployment had rocketed, our port was about to be sold off to the French or whoever, and plans for a new Dover hospital had stalled."
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I'm so sick and tired of our town being used as a battleground (12 May 2016)
Charlie discusses Dover being used as a battleground for protest marches.
"We need to see the reform of human rights laws with a British Bill of Rights. We need a human rights code we can have confidence in. A code that will protect the innocent law abiding people of Dover and enable all of us to go about our daily lives without let or hindrance."
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We must think of the future we want to build (05 May 2016)
Charlie talks about EU Referendum debates he will be chairing in Dover and Deal.
The public meeting in Deal will be held on 19th May at the Astor Theatre, starting at 7pm. The speaker for Leave will be Gordon Henderson, Conservative MP for Sittingbourne and Sheppey. The Remain speaker will be Peter Kyle, Labour MP for Hove. The public meeting in Dover will be held on 1st June at Dover Town Hall, starting at 7pm. The speaker for Leave will be Chris Heaton Harris, Conservative MP for Daventry. The Remain speaker will again be Peter Kyle MP.
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The continuing fight to secure the healthcare our towns need (28 Apr 2016)
Charlie discusses the need for a better share of healthcare for Dover and Deal.
"The NHS has had real increases in funding every year since 2010. This has only been possible because we have a strong economy. We have benefited with the new Buckland Hospital and more services in Deal. Now I am doing all I can to ensure we get a fairer share of funding for our local doctors and that our local doctors' practices are able to recuir the GPs they need to care for us all."
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What about our citizen's rights to get on with their daily lives (07 Apr 2016)
Charlie discusses the weekends protests in Dover.
"The far right and far left come here to use our town as a battleground. Each claims a moral superiority over the other. Yet the truth is they are both as bad as each other. They are simply opposite sides of the same coin of hatred and extreamism. There demonstrators' lust for violence knows no bounds, and was only checked at the weekend by the powerful Police presence."
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Wartime lesson is that our real freedoms have to be defended (31 Mar 2016)
Charlie discusses lessons learnt from terroism.
"Inevitably people ask if we could see such atrocities here in Britain. My answer is yes. We know that because it did happen. The IRA atrocities at Deal, the Harrods nail bomb and so many others we remember all too well. Likewise the same Isis-style terror as has struck Paris and Brussels attacked London on 7/7."
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We are facing big transport challenges but the future's bright (24 Mar 2016)
Charlie discusses inferstructure in the constituency.
"With port reform and better collaborative working to clean up our roads, this should mean we will have stronger and more reliable transport networks for Dover and Deal over the longer term."
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Apprentices the focus of my jobs fair at town hall (17 Mar 2016)
Charlie discusses apprentiships and his upcoming jobs fair.
"More than 2.6 million apprenticeships have been started across Britain since May 2010. In Dover and Deal alone, 4,300 of our young people have started new apprenticeships. These apprenticeships are providing people with experince and training them in the skills they need to enter an increasingly specialised workforce."
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Urban renewal gives us a sense of momentum (10 Mar 2016)
Charlie discusses exciting new developments around Dover, Deal and the rural villages.
"These are exciting times for our community, with a lot happening. But we need to see a lot more happen. There is increasing momentum with the town centre development in Dover, the garden village at Aylesham and the proposals to build more of the homes we need. The future is looking brighter for our corner of Kent, but we need to keep going and get the best for our area."
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New directors will encourage investment and common aims (03 Mar 2016)
Charlie welcomes new Port community directors on Dover Harbour Board
"For decades there has been tension in the port-community relationship. This needs to change and the only way to change it will be by bringing together the port, ferry companies and the people. This is what the People's port was all about. If the port was to be sold then we wanted to buy it to drive that partnership. The end of the privatisation threat did not make the need for a true partnership to go away."
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