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Constituency Information

The Constituency of Sittingbourne and Sheppey consists of the major town of Sittingbourne, the Isle of Sheppey and about 20 villages most of whom qualify for parish council status. Derek was instrumental in making sure Minster was awarded a Parish Council but not so successful with Milton Regis or Sheerness which he feels deserve parish and/or town council status. At the next general election the constituency will take in Teynham, Norton, Buckland & Stone, Luddenham, Lynsted and Oare.

Both Sittingbourne and Sheppey have experienced large falls in unemployment since 1997 due to the Government's world class economic record and this has been coupled with a record level of inward investment of over £500 million.

On the Island  we have seen an extension to Sheppey College 2002, a new £13 million Community Hospital opened 2002 to acclaim, SureStarts for Under 5s developed across the patch, a Healthy Living Centre (opposed by the Tories at Westminster) built and opened in 2003 plus a new permanent bridge which began in March 2004 and opened in July, 2006 (£100 million). BT's exchanges have been converted to broadband at Sheerness, Queenborough, Minster, Eastchurch, Newington, Sittingbourne and Milstead.

Most of our 45 schools have had computer suites built, some have had new science labs, halls, play areas and classroom blocks added, once again reflecting the Government's outstanding contribution to Education. Derek has been instrumental in ensuring a £48 million investment in secondary and primary schools on the Island.

In October 2003, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister announced a further round of investment in the infrastructure to Sittingbourne and Sheppey. In all approximately £31 million has been made available. These include a substantial sum for the Northern Distributor Road (about £12 million) which will finally give some peace back to Milton and Kemsley and the Rushenden Link Road (£19 million). Meanwhile, Derek and his local Labour Party has campaigned with the Newington By Pass Group to fight for a new by pass.

Since 2006, there has been further annoucements of two more substantial investments - about £500 million at Queenborough  from Seeda and another £1.2 billion in Sittingbourne from Tesco's.


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