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Nearly 5,000 empty homes in Kent

Philip Hammond has announced plans to charge owners of empty homes a council tax premium of 100%

24 November 2017

Thousands of properties are lying empty in the county as councils come under government pressure to build more homes.


Budget boost for first-time buyers priced out of the market

Stamp duty will be abolished for first-time buyers on the first £300,000 of properties worth up to £500,000

22 November 2017

First-time house buyers will not have to pay stamp duty for properties up to £300,000 in a surprise announcement by Chancellor Philip Hammond.


Live: Autumn Budget 2017

22 November 2017

Get live updates from the Chancellor's budget speech today plus analysis, commentary and reaction on how it affects Kent.

Churchill's final painting sells for staggering £357k

The painting by Sir Winston Churchill

22 November 2017

Sir Winston Churchill's final piece of artwork, which was painted in the garden of his family home in Kent, has smashed its auction estimate.


Safeguard cash to prevent Stack chaos, says MP

Operation Stack on the M20, July 2015

21 November 2017

The government is being urged to preserve £250 million in lorry parking money for reuse after the end of the Stanford plan.


Bid for £300m to help speed up Otterpool 'garden town'

Otterpool Park site looking back towards Sellindge where 12,000 homes are planned. Picture: Gary Browne

20 November 2017

We need £300m for schools, roads and other facilities if plans for 12,000 homes go ahead, says Kent County Council.


Zimbabwe takeover's Kent connection

Former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe at an election rally in 2002. Picture: AP Photo/str

19 November 2017

"It may never have happened if it had not been for me", a retired British Army colonel has revealed after the Zimbabwe takeover.


Council to review sale of land to club

Maidstone United plans to expand the stadium

16 November 2017

A Kent council is reviewing a decision not to sell a two-metre wide strip of land to its resident football club.


Gridlock warning on day one of Brexit

Kent could be gridlocked after Brexit, MPs warn. Stock picture: Dan Poole

16 November 2017

Kent could be gridlocked on the day after Brexit, MPs warn, as the government's plans for increasing border staff are dubbed "unconvincing".


Health trusts 'should be fined' for mentally ill in police cells

Man handcuffed in police cells. Stock image

16 November 2017

Kent's crime commissioner has called for health trusts and groups to be fined if mentally ill people stay too long in police cells.


Reaction as lorry park plans are scrapped

Operation Stack causing queues on the M20

15 November 2017

There is plenty of reaction to the news the M20 lorry park plans have been ditched by the government.


Lorry park plan axed

Computer images of the proposals for how the proposed M20 lorry park could look. Picture: Highways England

15 November 2017

Controversial plans for a huge lorry park off the M20 as a solution to Operation Stack have been dropped by the government.


Kent MP named Brexit 'mutineer'

Tom Tugendhat MP

15 November 2017

A Kent MP says he cannot support a plan to fix the precise date of the UK's exit from the EU.


Food rotting in trucks... a taste of post-Brexit Britain?

Food could be left to rot in trucks if a Brexit deal is not struck, it's been claimed. Stock image

14 November 2017

Massive queues could be caused at Dover and food left to rot in trucks if a new customs system is not set up in time for Brexit.


'My husband has been thrown to the wolves' - MP's wife

Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke with wife Natalie

14 November 2017

The wife of an MP suspended over allegations he has yet to be told about has launched a blistering attack on his party for "hanging him out to dry".


Ex-police chief: MP porn claims 'weren't relevant'

Damian Green MP

13 November 2017

An ex-police chief says he was aware of claims pornography was found on a computer in an MP's office - but it was "not a matter of public interest".

Kent MP says female journalists responsible for fuelling witch hunt against MPs

Herne Bay MP Sir Roger Gale

12 November 2017

North Thanet MP fires broadside against media over harassment allegations


MP under fire after invite to former Pakistan leader

Mr Chishti has been criticised over the invitation to Westminster

10 November 2017

A Kent MP has been criticised after inviting a former Prime Minister at the centre of a corruption scandal to speak at Westminster.


MP 'still unaware of allegations' against him

Dover MP Charlie Elphicke

09 November 2017

MP Charlie Elphicke has fired a broadside at the authorities investigating him, saying he is still unsure what he's accused of.


KCC investments 'unacceptable'

KCC's multi-million pound pension fund investment has been questioned. Picture: Getty Images

09 November 2017

Campaign groups are pressing Kent County Council to reconsider its investment policy, saying it is contributing to climate change.

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