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MP Charlie Elphicke asks Premier Theresa May for a Brexit boost for Dover and Deal


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The Prime Minister has been urged to hand Dover and Deal a Brexit boost.

Local MP Charlie Elphicke called on Theresa May to support coastal town communities who feel like they have been “left behind”.

Mrs May told him that she wanted to ensure the government worked for “coastal towns like Dover and Deal.”

Symbol of Brexit, the Banksy Mural in Dover
Symbol of Brexit, the Banksy Mural in Dover

Mr Elphicke's question on Parliament on Tuesday follows reports that the government is considering allocating more funds to Leave-voting areas represented by Labour MPs.

That is if they support her Brexit deal.

Mrs May had given a statement on Brexit negotiation when Mr Elphicke asked: “Would the Prime Minister agree that talking about helping ‘left behind’ areas is not something that should be seen as a tactical matter to get through the Withdrawal Agreement?

“But it should be at the very heart of what this government is about, promoting a renaissance of the regions as part of building Brexit Britain – and that means every region, including coastal towns like Dover and Deal?”

Prime Minister Theresa May. Picture provided by the Office of Charlie Elphicke MP
Prime Minister Theresa May. Picture provided by the Office of Charlie Elphicke MP

Mrs May said in the House of Commons: “My honourable friend has made an important point.

“On the first day I became Prime Minister, I was very clear that I wanted to ensure that we worked for those communities who did feel that they were left behind, who did feel that they hadn’t achieved the benefits that they’d seen some other parts of the country have.

"That does mean certain parts of the country.

“It also means certain types of town – like coastal towns like Dover and Deal, that my honourable friend represents and champions so well.”

Dover is considered to be on a front line for Brexit as it is just 21 miles from continental Europe.

Nearly two thirds (62%) of people in Dover and Deal voted to Leave the EU in the 2016 referendum.

Britain officially leaves the European Union on March 29.

Charlie Elphicke. Picture provided by the Office of Charlie Elphicke MP
Charlie Elphicke. Picture provided by the Office of Charlie Elphicke MP
Soon an EU-free land. But Dover is considered to be a Brexit front line
Soon an EU-free land. But Dover is considered to be a Brexit front line

Mr Elphicke has been battling for a fairer share of funding for people in his constituency.

He is fighting for better road links for the area such as dualling the A2 and for a modern link road from the A256 to northern Deal

He is also backing an application for a £3 million project by Dover Town Team to “revitalise Dover’s Historic Market Square and Old Town”.

In addition Mr Elphicke is working with Dover District Council on a bid of up to £25 million from the Government’s Future High Streets Fund.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has publicly rejected a votes for funding incentive from the government.

But after the snap general election of 2017 the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) negotiated a deal for an extra £1 billion in spending for Northern Ireland in return for supporting Mrs May's minority Conservative government.

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