25 MAY 2017

Manchester Attack

After the dreadful atrocity committed in Manchester, my thoughts and prayers are with all affected. One can only imagine the pain felt by the victim's loved ones. To target a concert where young people are enjoying an evening with their friends and family is...


05 MAY 2017

Helen Grant Launches Her Re-Election Campaign!

Conservative Parliamentary Candidate Launches Campaign Helen Grant has today launched her campaign to be re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald. Speaking at the launch of the campaign, on the back of excellent local election...


03 MAY 2017

Helen Grant PC speaks out on Southeastern consultation

Action on rural commuter train services Helen Grant, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Maidstone and the Weald, has released the following statement in relation to the consultation on train services in the Southeast: 'I absolutely share the deep...


20 APR 2017

General Election 8th June 2017

Kent Messenger Column - 20-04-17  Ever since the tumultuous events that followed the referendum result less than 10 months ago it has been my strong view that our country needed stability and certainty as we navigated our course to leave the EU. General...


13 APR 2017

Syrian sarin gas attack

Kent Messenger Column - 13-04-17 In August 2013 over 1400 people are reported to have died, including 426 children, when Sarin gas was used against the people of Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus in Syria. Our Parliament voted on military intervention...


12 APR 2017

Defra Secretary, Andrea Leadsom visits Maidstone

Secretary of State signals strong assurances about Brexit preparations for Maidstone farmers  At a meeting arranged by Maidstone & The Weald MP on Tuesday 12th April the DEFRA Secretary, Andrea Leadsom, listened to farmers' and NFU concerns and issued...


11 APR 2017

Success in Solar Farm Fight

Great Pagehurst solar farm planning appeal dismissal An appeal against a planning refusal for a massive solar farm near Staplehurst has been dismissed, to the joy of local campaigners. Upon hearing the decision Helen Grant MP said 'This is such great...


11 APR 2017

Cleaning up Kent

Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant has welcomed the Government's efforts to clean up our streets with a new National Litter Strategy The strategy, published yesterday, includes proposals for fines of up to £150 for those found guilty of littering. It...


06 APR 2017

Fant Farm

Kent Messenger Column – 06-04-17 Fant Farm. For local people two words synonymous with a priceless Medway valley view and a haven for nature; a vital buffer between the urban and the rural in our county town, and the subject of avarice by speculative...


05 APR 2017

Better Broadband For Maidstone & The Weald

MP Helen Grant recently received an update from Digital and Culture Minister Matt Hancock regarding broadband provision in her Maidstone and the Weald constituency. Currently superfast broadband is available to 89.6% of homes and businesses across the...


30 MAR 2017

Westminster Attack

Kent Messenger Column - 30-03-17 The appalling attack in Westminster last Wednesday was a sick homage to nihilism by a deranged and lost soul. I don't see religion being involved here, just plain evil and mal-intent. I feel so much for the families and...


25 MAR 2017

Protecting Rural Services

Helen Grant MP has expressed her concern about the proposal to relocate the Post Office branch in Staplehurst and is calling on local people to make their voices heard. The Post Office have announced plans to move the Staplehurst branch from its current...


24 MAR 2017

MP Helen Grant Backs East Farleigh Lock Investment

Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant has welcomed a £3 million investment from the Environment Agency to refurbish East Farleigh Lock. The works are the first in more than 100 years and the Environment Agency hopes that this will guarantee the structure...


24 MAR 2017

Maidstone Winter Shelter

MP Thanks Volunteers and Organisers at Maidstone's Winter Shelter Helen Grant MP joined volunteers for one of the last Winter Shelter sessions of the season to thank them for their efforts throughout the winter. Now in its fourth year, the charity aims to support...


24 MAR 2017

'Mum's the Word'

Helen Grant MP paid a visit to the Princess Project in Week Street, Maidstone to learn more about the work it does to support new Mums across the town's community. The project is sited at the United Reform Church, with a further base behind Christ Church in Park Wood, and...


24 MAR 2017

Local action on supporting bereaved parents

MP welcomes Co-op move on Child Funeral Costs Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant visited the Maidstone branch of Co-op Funeralcare in Union Street last week and met Branch Manager Steve Thompson. The purpose of her visit was to express thanks for their pledge to launch a new free child...


23 MAR 2017

Howard Interns: a week in British Politics

Kent Messenger Column - 24-03-17 Taylor and Mirabella present Helen with a gift depicting Howard University In last week's column I heralded the arrival of two young female politics students from Howard University in Washington D.C. for a week with a...


16 MAR 2017

Howard mini-internships

Kent Messenger Column - 16-03-17 As I write (Monday 13th) MPs and Peers are today preparing to cast their historic final votes to trigger Brexit. For me this is not goodbye Europe, it is all about 'Hello Rest of the World' and a good (albeit small) example...


10 MAR 2017

Championing FairTrade locally

Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant paid a visit to local shop Ethos, on Brewer Street, Maidstone last week. She was invited by owner Tim Licence who was keen to meet her during Fairtrade Fortnight when campaigners and businesses have been calling for people to get behind...


09 MAR 2017

Brexit and The Lords

Kent Messenger Column - 09-03-17 The House of Lords is in the headlights once again, this time on two separate fronts. Our Upper Chamber is the subject of a current BBC2 documentary 'Meet the Lords', and more vitally the Brexit legislation (which will allow...


03 MAR 2017

Fair School Funding For All

Kent Messenger Column - 03-03-17 Schooling is a subject which evokes great passion and interest. The Prime Minister has been clear that education is a critical component of her plan to drive up social mobility and many of us also have a personal stake in the...


24 FEB 2017

Helen warms to cold weather initiatives

The Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald, Helen Grant has renewed her support for vulnerable people this Winter by backing two cold weather initiatives. Mrs Grant marked National Fuel Poverty Awareness Day by calling on her Maidstone and the Weald...


24 FEB 2017

Calling time on the abuse of MPs

Kent Messenger Column - 24-02-17  When I started thinking about standing for Parliament, an experienced MP and friend told me 'it's the roughest toughest career in the world and you will need your bullet proof vest'. I suffered bullying as a child and...


17 FEB 2017

National Cyber Security Centre

Kent Messenger Column – 17-02-17 The digital revolution has been undeniably transformational, bringing endless opportunities through vast social and economic change. Like all great revolutions however, it presents new risks to our safety. Moving forward one...


15 FEB 2017

MP takes fight for barracks to the floor of the House

Closure of Invicta Park Barracks to be debated in Westminster Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant will be leading a parliamentary debate next week as part of her campaign to save Invicta Park Barracks from closure. The debate was granted by the House of...


14 FEB 2017

The stamp of approval

MP Helen Grant has called on school children in her Maidstone and the Weald constituency to get creative and help to design Royal Mail's 2017 Christmas Stamp. Royal Mail are asking children of primary school age to submit their designs for a special edition...


13 FEB 2017

Lord Digby Jones to launch new-look Frederic's Bistro

Lord Digby Jones joins MP Helen Grant in Maidstone Lord Digby Jones and Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant will cut the ribbon on a new extension to a popular Maidstone restaurant next week. Former Minister of State for Trade and Investment Lord Jones...


10 FEB 2017

Time we coughed-up for our NHS?

Kent Messenger Column - 10-02-17  This paper previously reported of West Kent Clinical Commissioning group's (WKCCG) decision to cease non-urgent operations until the new financial year. Last week, this story was also featured nationally in papers such as...


03 FEB 2017

Trump: the first 10 days

Kent Messenger Column - 03-02-17  Last week I suggested his first 100 days would be critical, but with just 10 under his belt we may already know all we need about Trump. His Executive Order suspending the entire US refugee admissions system, also banning...


01 FEB 2017

MP Secures House of Commons Debate on Military Base Closures

Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant has secured a debate in the House of Commons to discuss the plans to close 91 military bases across the UK. This is a key milestone in her fight to convince the Government to abandon its plans to close Invicta Park...


31 JAN 2017

Funding the Centenary

MP Helen Grant has called on businesses in her constituency of Maidstone and the Weald to take advantage of grants offered by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). As part of the World War One centenary commemorations, HLF has made £2million available this year...


30 JAN 2017

Lighting the way for Maidstone's vulnerable

MP Helen Grant has urged her Maidstone and the Weald constituents to sign up to receive help in the event of a power cut. The Priority Services Register is a free service run by UK Power Networks which provides vulnerable people with the support they need in...


27 JAN 2017

MP is banking on NatWest

Representatives from bank show commitment to Staplehurst In December 2016, NatWest announced they would be closing their branch in Staplehurst due to security concerns. This followed two ram-raids of the building in 2007 and July 2016. On hearing the news,...


27 JAN 2017

Trump: the first days

Kent Messenger Column - 27-01-17 The inauguration's over and here in the UK we must now get to grips with an 'America First' term of office. The trouble I'm having in assessing Mr Trump's true intentions is that it's tough to believe a word the man says, let...


24 JAN 2017

MP express disappointment at Inspector's interim findings

An Inspector who is reviewing Maidstone Borough Council's draft local plan recently released his interim findings in advance of the final hearing being held today. Local MP Helen Grant, who presented to the Inspector on 17th November 2016 with concerns for...


24 JAN 2017

Helen launches petition to save Maidstone barracks

Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant is launching a petition opposing the closure of Invicta Park Barracks. The petition calls on the Ministry of Defence to reconsider this decision in light of the negative impact upon some 800 service personnel and their...


23 JAN 2017

Backing the new Ofcom App

MP Helen Grant praised a new Ofcom app as she continued her fight for better digital coverage for her Maidstone and the Weald constituents. Mrs Grant, who has repeatedly held Network Operators to account for failing to provide her constituency with quality...


20 JAN 2017

Brexit: Clarity will defeat uncertainty

Kent Messenger Column - 20-01-17  It is now well over 6 months since the British people took the decision to leave the European Union. Setting aside the disgraceful campaigning on both sides, the referendum did settle a long-lingering blain and provided a...


14 JAN 2017

Swimming success at historic club awards evening

Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant was delighted to present awards to some of Maidstone's brightest young swimming talents this week at the UK's most historic swimming club. Founded in 1844, Maidstone Swimming Club is recognised as the oldest competitive swimming club in the...


14 JAN 2017

'Staplehurst Makers'

Craft group make a name for themselves as local MP lends support Meeting at the aptly named Helen's Coffee House in Staplehurst High Street, Helen Grant talked with members of the collective of skilled tradespeople known as Staplehurst Makers to learn about their refreshing approach to...


13 JAN 2017

Mental Health

Kent Messenger Column - 13-01-17  The last time I talked to Theresa May as Home Secretary was in April last year when she visited Maidstone & Mid Kent Mind's wellbeing centre in College Road. She showed a keen and genuine interest in the work and challenges...


12 JAN 2017

Helen backs seasonal agricultural permit scheme proposal

Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant has welcomed comments from Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill indicating the proposed introduction of a Seasonal Agricultural Permit Scheme (SAPS) after Britain's exit from the EU. The scheme, which could apply to...


10 JAN 2017

Helen's Barracks Campaign Begins

Helen Grant MP ramped up her campaign to prevent the closure of Invicta Park Barracks this week, as she chaired a meeting of MPs who share similar concerns about the proposed base closures in their respective constituencies. A number of MPs attended the...


09 JAN 2017

No way to run a railway

Kent Messenger Column - 06-01-17 January fare increases edge annual London season tickets toward £5,000 for commuters from Maidstone & The Weald, rubbing salt into pre-Christmas wounds from poor service, cancellations and strikes. Cost of the fare aside,...


30 DEC 2016

Choices

Kent Messenger Column - 30-12-16  A few weeks back I attended an important 20th Anniversary event in Maidstone. It was a fundraiser and a celebration for an organisation called Choices; no, not the Estate Agency or the NHS website but the Charity formally...


23 DEC 2016

Contact at Christmas

Kent Messenger Column - 23-12-16  Most of us would agree that Christmas is an extra special time for children, but sadly not for all of them. In the months and weeks leading up to the big day there will have been harsh words, open animosity, social media...


16 DEC 2016

Maidstone Churches Winter Shelter

Kent Messenger Column - 16-12-16 For those without a roof over their head in Maidstone, the Churches Winter Shelter returns in the New Year, offering beds, a warm meal, companionship and constructive advice Now in its fourth year, the scheme reopens for 12...


10 DEC 2016

MP Backs Campaign for Women and Girls

Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant addressed the South East regional conference of Soroptomist International at the Hilton Hotel in Maidstone on Saturday 10th December. Soroptomist International is a worldwide organisation which aims to transform the lives and status of women...


09 DEC 2016

Linton Park School leading the way in modern teaching techniques

Helen Grant MP opens £750k hi-tech learning hub Maidstone's Linton Park school has opened a 4300ft2 hi tech learning hub at its premises in Boughton Monchelsea. Helen Grant MP was invited to unveil a commemorative plaque and declare the centre officially...


09 DEC 2016

Child sexual abuse in football

Kent Messenger Column - 09-12-16 Prior to becoming the MP for Maidstone & The Weald I was a family lawyer for 23 years. One of my most harrowing cases came to me as a 'straightforward' injunction referral from the local police. I was asked by my client 'X'...



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