Welcome to my website.
I am proud to be the Member of Parliament for Dartford and to have the honour of representing my constituents in the House of Commons. The Dartford Constituency is one which comprises not only the town itself but also the surrounding villages of Joydens Wood, Wilmington, Stone, Greenhithe, Swanscombe, Bean, Darenth, Sutton-at-Hone, Hawley, Longfield, Southfleet, New Barn, Hartley, Betsham and Hodsoll Street.
I was elected to represent Dartford at the 2010 General Election with a majority of 10,628. I was re-elected in 2015 securing a majority of 12,345.
I consider myself to be Dartford’s representative in Westminster and not Westminster’s representative in Dartford. This is my home town and so I have a great deal of affection for Dartford. I spent my childhood living locally and attended Dartford Grammar School. I was a Councillor in a neighbouring borough and worked in Dartford and the surrounding villages as a solicitor.
I live in Dartford Constituency with my wife Wendy and our two children. My children attend grammar schools in the constituency and prior to this they attended our local state primary school.
When time allows I still like to play cricket in Kent and I host an annual Charity Cricket Event within the constituency. I am also proud to be the Honorary President of Dartford Valley Rugby Club and President of the Greenhithe and Swanscombe Branch of the Royal British Legion.
I am particularly interested in Home Affairs and Justice. I believe ensuring that victims of crime are properly treated by our justice system is fundamental. Further details of the work I have done in this area are available on the News section of this website. I have been a member of the Justice Select Committee and my first role as a Private Parliamentary Secretary was to the Home Office team as PPS to James Brokenshire MP and subsequently to Karen Bradley MP.
In 2014 the Prime Minister appointed me as PPS to the Treasury Minister, David Gauke MP and in the 2015 re-shuffle I was appointed as PPS to Minister for the Cabinet Office, Matthew Hancock MP, the Paymaster General.
Transport is an important issue for Dartford residents and I have tirelessly lobbied for improvements to the Dartford Crossing. However, I will always continue to campaign for the tolls to be completely scrapped. I have also opposed a new Thames Crossing in this constituency. I do not want to see another crossing in Dartford and it would be wrong for it to be built here.
Dartford is a commuter town and as such rail connections are vital to us. We are fortunate enough to have seen the benefits of HS1 at Ebbsfleet but the Metro and Mainline services cause a great deal of frustration to passengers. I want to see better services for Dartford commuters. Information on these issues and more is contained in the News section of this website.
I believe Dartford is an area to be proud of. We have excellent schools and healthcare I am also excited by the proposals to develop the Swanscombe Peninsula and the expansion of Bluewater. This is an area with huge economic potential. Unemployment has fallen significantly over the last few years and the number of apprenticeship places have doubled.
I am always happy to meet constituents either formally or informally on the surgery dates advertised on this website. Please feel free to contact my office on 0207 219 7047 to arrange an appointment.
Gareth Johnson MP