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MP joins countryside charity

Thursday 28th January 2016

Helen Whately, MP for Faversham and Mid Kent, has been elected vice-president of countryside campaigning charity CPRE Kent (Campaign to Protect Rural England).

Mrs Whately was elected alongside fellow MPs Damian Green (Ashford) and Tracey Crouch (Chatham and Aylesford), who have been vice presidents of CPRE Kent since 2008 and 2012 respectively.

Mrs Whately said: “I am honoured to have been made a vice-president of CPRE Kent. The countryside is precious and CPRE works hard to protect it. In this part of the South East there’s enormous pressure to build and develop, but CPRE battles to preserve the open spaces of Kent for future generations.

“I know CPRE provides enormously valuable expert input to planning applications, as I saw first-hand in the public enquiry for the Waterside Park development at Junction 8 of the M20. I look forward to working with CPRE Kent on future campaigns.”

Kent artist, author and humourist Graham Clarke was re-elected as president and Christine Drury was re-elected as chairman.