Winning smiles as minister sets out his plan to safeguard port (17 Apr 2014)

Coverage in The Dover Express of the Shipping Minister's announcement on the Port of Dover. Charlie says the outcome took longer and was made harder due to Labour's opposition to the People's Port.

"It was not helpful. People in Westminster said to me: 'Your community is not united'. There should have been cross-party unity and Labour should have been bigger than they were."

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MPs visit to East Kent Railway to see apprentices given their train-ing (17 Apr 2014)

Charlie takes Secretary of State for Work and Penions, Iain Duncan Smith MP,  to meet apprentices at East Kent Railway.

"The number of apprentices in Dover and Deal has doubled since the last election, providing more local people with ladders to success in the world of work."

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Residents air concerns over play area's demise (17 Apr 2014)

Charlie joins Aycliffe residents at a public meeting to hear their concerns about the removal of a local play park and the proposed new development of 12 flats in the area. 

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Dover is getting a people's port (10 Apr 2014)

The Dover Mercury reports on the Shipping Minister's Dover port announcement.

"I think what people wanted was no sell-off but they wanted to see the port improved, they wanted to have a voice in the boardroom and wanted to see the port benefit the community. They got all these things today."

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Join my meeting to discuss future of zone, urges MP (10 Apr 2014)

Charlie calls a public meeting at Dover Town Hall on Friday 2 May. The event is free to attend and open to all residents of the town. 

"We need the town of Dover to have confidence and believe in the future. I think we should all be part of the conversation and that's what I'm doing."

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Petition plea to MP urges play park to be replaced (03 Apr 2014)

Charlie backs Aycliffe residents calling on the District Council for their play park to be replaced.

"The people of Aycliffe should get a full hearing as soon as possible."

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MP in warning 'not to get hopes up' before port announcement (03 Apr 2014)

Following past attempts by Labour to scupper the People's Port project, Charlie warns Dover Express readers not to get their hopes up ahead of the Shipping Minister's announcement about the future of Dover Port on 9 April.

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MP concerned about mental health care (27 Mar 2014)

Charlie speaks of his concern about levels of mental health care in Kent, following the East Kent Mercury's front page story about local 17 year old Hayley Pemble's treatment at Margate's QEQM Hospital.

"I am looking to meet with the mental health trust and service users to enable the problem to be addressed openly and I hope that solutions and improvements can be found."

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Pub music night's good to talk (20 Mar 2014)

Charlie presents a cheque to Talk It Out, a mental health discussion group based in Deal

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MP helps nursery celebrate £40k boost (20 Mar 2014)

Charlie visits Choo Choos Nursery in River to congratulate them on securing £40,000 from the Regional Growth Fund.

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