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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Breakdown of law and order at protest was unacceptable (04 Feb 2016)
Charlie responds to the events that unfolded in Dover at the weekend.
"What happened was a total shambles and the Chief Constable and Police Commissioner have serious questions to answer. Many people have complained to me about what happened and I will be taking those complaints to the Independent Police Complaints Authority."
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We don't want to go back to the bad days of open borders (29 Jan 2016)
Charlie discusses the importance of strong and secure borders.
"Attracted by the magnet of an open border people will make ever-greater and more dangerous efforts to enter Britain. As we have seen before, this all too often ends in tragedy. This is why the Prime Minister is right in saying that we should take vulnerable people in need from close to the nations they have been forced to flee in order to discourage the making of long, treacherous and dangerous journeys."
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Town needs a real solution to lorry stacking and speeding (21 Jan 2016)
Charlie discusses the Dover TAP system.
"Things are moving forward on the M20/A20. We are taking action to deal with Operation Stack and to prevent gridlock in Dover town. There is more to do, yet an improved TAP system and lorry parks that offer an alternative to roadside verges would make such a positive difference."
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I am working to cut delays while rail lines are repaired (14 Jan 2016)
Charlie gives an update on events following the closure of the train line between Deal and Folkestone on Christmas Eve.
"I am seeking to hold a public meeting with Southeaster, Network Rail and commuters so travellers will be able to quiz rail chiefs directly. It is important everyone can share ideas on how services can be improved to make travelling easier while the sea wall is being repaired."
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Failed seawall needs repairing quickly so rail like can reopen (07 Jan 2016)
Charlie comments on the Shakespeare Beach sea wall collapse and subsequent rail disruption.
"The failure of the seawall on the Dover to Folkestone stretch of railway is a real worry. Yet I am doing all I can to see rail services rerouted and working hard to minimise the impact on rail travellers. The next few months will be very testing. Yet with good planning ahead I hope that travellers will suffer the least possible disruption."
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