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More should be done to catch cigarette smugglers, say MPs

Adverse weather in the channel is causing delays at the Port of Dover

10 October 2013

Customs officers should be doing more to stop the smuggling of cheap cigarettes and tobacco into the country through Dover, according to MPs.

I’d rather work than listen to soundbites

Sittingbourne and Sheppey MP Gordon Henderson

10 October 2013

Gordon Henderson proved himself a party pooper by refusing to attend the Conservative’s annual conference.

Families campaigning for threatened Sure Start centres hand over petition

A previous Sure Start protest and petition handover.

09 October 2013

Campaigners against the closure and merger of Sure Start children’s centres in Kent have handed their 2,000-signature petition to the county council.

All change for Kent MPs in reshuffle

Faversham's MP Hugh Robertson

07 October 2013

Three county MPs have been given new ministerial jobs today as the Prime Minister reshuffles his team.

Fined for owner of fire-damaged homes

One of the fire-damaged properties in Cromwell Terrace

07 October 2013

A property owner has been fined over the poor state of two homes damaged by fire and left with scorched and peeling paintwork.

Call to recruit 'snow angels' to help clear paths when big freeze arrives

Gritting crews from Kent Highways in a previous winter

07 October 2013

Volunteers should be kitted out with grit and shovels to help clear pavements from snow and ice when temperatures drop, a councillor is arguing.

Porn shame of council staff

Workers have been suspended for viewing pornography at KCC offices. Stock image

07 October 2013

Workers have been sacked and one quit after getting caught trying to view porn on council computers, it's been revealed.

Impassioned pleas made for children's centre

Jenny Whittle, Kent County Council's cabinet member for specialist children's services, speaks with Rob Jobe, manager of Woodgrove Children's Centre, and MP Gordon Henderson

05 October 2013

Don’t close our centre – that was the message from staff and users when Cllr Jenny Whittle visited Woodgrove Children’s Centre.

Paris Brown recruitment 'robust and transparent': Report

Paris Brown, with Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes

04 October 2013

The recruitment process surrounding the hiring of controversial youth crime tsar Paris Brown was 'robust and transparent', a report's revealed.

New migrants 'could cost Kent £3m a year'

Dover's Eastern Docks

04 October 2013

A confidential report has revealed the true cost of the influx of Romanians and Bulgarians into the county from next year.

Mystery over town clerk's resignation

03 October 2013

Deal town clerk Lin Dykes has handed in her notice and left the town council after four years in the post.

Kent buses and trains could get Oyster-style cards

Kent's new 'Oyster' style card can be used from today

30 September 2013

County transport chiefs are trying out a pay-as-you-go card for buses and trains that might be rolled out across Kent and Medway.

Payment delays cause "struggle" for small firms

30 September 2013

Business leaders say cash-flow problems need to be dealt with as a Kent business minister gives a rousing speech at the Tory party conference.

Rail and bus passengers in line for Oyster style scheme

Picture: Martin Apps

30 September 2013

Rail and bus passengers could use a similar scheme to London's Oyster card system.

Homeless family of six living in tent beg for council house

Lorraine Botton and Naomi Barton are living in a tent in a friends garden

30 September 2013

A traveller family living in a tent are begging to be rehoused - but are refusing to move if it means being parted from four dogs and three budgies.

Family of eight move out of one-bed flat

The Flisher family were living in a one-bed flat

29 September 2013

A family criticised for being a drain on the welfare system have moved out of their one-bed flat and rehoused in a four-bed home.

Agoraphobic facing eviction over 'bedroom tax' seeks Queen's help

Roger Davis cannot pay his bedroom tax

28 September 2013

An agoraphobic man facing eviction because he cannot pay his "bedroom tax" has written to the Queen to ask for help.

Medway's CCTV cars could be banned

A CCTV car operated by Medway Council.

27 September 2013

Controversial spy cars used to impose thousands of fines on drivers might be scrapped under proposals outlined today.

Candidate choice put to all voters

Sir John Stanley MP

27 September 2013

In a county first, Tory officials will host an "open primary" public vote to choose who will stand in the next general election when an MP steps down.

Visit Medway for airport talks, Boris Johnson told


27 September 2013

The London Mayor should visit Medway and explain why he wants to build an airport here, according to the council.

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