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Julian Brazier MP calls on local schools to take part in My Money Week

Julian Brazier, MP for Canterbury, has called on local schools to take part in My Money Week (3 to 9 June), giving pupils the chance to learn more about money and personal finance. Every primary and secondary school in Canterbury is being given the chance to take part for free in My Money Week, which has returned for its fifth year thanks to a new partnership between national charity pfeg (Personal Finance Education Group) and Barclays.

Julian Brazier visits Canterbury YHA

Julian Brazier visited the refurbished YHA hostel in Canterbury on Friday, meeting Caroline White, Chief Executive, and other staff. He commented: “The recent refurbishment has been an enormous success. I was hugely impressed with the way the YHA provides affordable accommodation for young people visiting our city.

Julian Brazier lobbies against London rail takeover

Canterbury and Whitstable MP Julian Brazier joined Kent Parliamentary colleagues in Westminster today to lobby Transport Minister Stephen Hammond against rail devolution. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, proposes that Transport for London take over some urban rail services, including services which terminate in East Kent.

Teachers critical to successful education reform

The Government’s education reforms need to attract the best candidates into teaching roles, says Canterbury MP Julian Brazier. During Questions to the Education Secretary in the Commons yesterday Mr Brazier added his support to the Government’s education reforms, which will also improve literacy and numeracy standards.

Immigration

Living in Kent, the ‘Garden of England’, we are fortunate. But I am increasingly concerned about our county. England has the highest population density in Europe and the population here is growing 9% faster than the rest of the nation.

Sexualisation of children

Some truly shocking figures became public recently, relating to instances of child-on-child sexual abuse. In Kent and Medway alone, more than a thousand children have been excluded from school for sexual misconduct in the past five years – twenty three of them permanently. The youngest to be expelled was aged just six and there was also a five year old who got a fixed-term exclusion.

Apathetic voters

I have been out on the local streets recently, canvassing for the coming County Council elections and have been struck by the number of people who seem to have switched off from the whole process of voting. It is not that they are anti one political party or another – they are simply not interested in politicians and politics at all. Voting numbers bear this out. The average voter turnout for a general election in the 1950s was over 81%. That figure has dropped steadily over the intervening decades and now stands at a much less impressive 63% – over a third of electors don’t bother and it is much worse in council elections.

Sell off the banks to boost small business lending

The Government should sell off banks to increase lending to small businesses, Canterbury and Whitstable MP Julian Brazier said yesterday. Mr Brazier raised the issue in the House of Commons during Questions to Treasury Ministers.