MP COLUMN: Police need powers to shut unauthorised traveller sites quicky

Unauthorised traveller sites are a huge worry for our local communities, and many of you have contacted me over the last week regarding the recent sites which arrived in Hextable, Sevenoaks and Otford. Those who arrive on unauthorised sites often bring with them anti-social behaviour, fly-tipping

Laura's question to Justice Secretary on Probation Services

Across Kent we have some brilliant community rehabilitation providers. Following the Justice Secretary’s statement yesterday that the probation services in England and Wales will be fully restored to public ownership and control,

Laura's speech in the Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill Second Reading

Today I spoke in the Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill Second Reading in the House of Commons. I have voiced in the chamber previously my long standing concerns with standard determinate sentences (where you are automatically released at a point in your sentence) for serious crimes.