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Council overspend threatens key services

Kent County Council needs to make savings of £73 million in 2017-18

18 September 2017

An authority went into the red to the tune of £18.8 million which will 'almost certainly' hit the quality or level of services, says a report.

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Kent councils could be forced to build thousands more homes

Houses under construction at Eastern Quarry in Ebbsfleet Garden City

18 September 2017

Government plans to address a shortage of affordable homes in Kent and Medway have come under fire.

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MP abused and threatened by trolls

MP Rosie Duffield giving her maiden speech at the House of Commons

15 September 2017

Kent's only Labour parliamentarian has hit out at the 'vile, vitriolic insults' she has suffered since her shock general election victory.

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Just where is all the money going?

Sandwich Guildhall

14 September 2017

Calls for clarity have been made after it was discovered Sandwich Tollbridge Fund costs 16 times more to run than the amount it gives out in grants

Brexit 'could lead to French Op Stack'

Scenes at Ashford like this were all too regular last year during the Operation Stack chaos. Picture: Andy Clark

14 September 2017

Kent could be gridlocked by a French version of Operation Stack if customs checks aren't arranged before Brexit, a senior government official claims.

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Health cuts put patient services under new pressure

The group has been forced to make cutbacks. Library image

14 September 2017

Patients in parts of Kent face further delays and other restrictions as a cash-strapped health group is forced to cut services.

Fur row mayor: 'My robe is old and smelly'

Mayor of Hythe Paul Peacock and Admiral Lord Boyce on the Cinque Ports float at the recent Venetian Fete

13 September 2017

A mayor who is getting a new robe opposes plans to use real fur - but says his current one is "old, smelly and horrible when it rains".

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MP defends public sector pay cap

Dartford MP Gareth Johnson

13 September 2017

Public sector pay cannot go up if it means taxes do too, according to a Kent MP.

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'Blue plaque' recognition for council support?

The Turner Contemporary

11 September 2017

Councillors have called for blue plaque-style recognition for how their authority has helped regenerate Margate.

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Baby 'only solution’ to getting rehomed

Lucy Eve and mum Theresa Eve are desperate to be rehoused

11 September 2017

A family cursed with debilitating health problems say they feel the only way the council will rehome them is if one of them has a baby.

Row over 'inexcusable' mayoral robe made with real fur

Mayor of Hythe Paul Peacock and Admiral Lord Boyce on the Cinque Ports float at the recent Venetian Fete

10 September 2017

A council is considering shelling out £1,430 for an “inexcusable” mayoral robe made with real fur, sparking a backlash from animal rights campaigners.

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MP calls for more Hurricane Irma support

Hurricane Irma is currently passing through the British Virgin Islands towards Florida. Picture: Nasa

09 September 2017

A Kent MP has written to government ministers to raise concerns about the level of relief offered to British territories badly hit by Hurricane Irma.

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£30m dual carriageway plan faces public inquiry

An artist's impression of the new Chart Road. Picture courtesy of KCC Highways

09 September 2017

A public inquiry will be held into a major multi-million pounds dual carriageway plan for a town centre.

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First new grammar for decades opens its doors

The grammar annexe has now opened in Sevenoaks

08 September 2017

The first 'new' grammar school in decades will welcome 120 pupils when its doors open today, following a lengthy campaign by parents.

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MP's maiden speech rips into government over Brexit

Canterbury and Whitstable Labour MP Rosie Duffield

07 September 2017

Newly-elected MP Rosie Duffield has used her maiden speech in the House of Commons to challenge the government over Brexit and the state of the NHS.

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Mogg supporters still back MP after abortion row

07 September 2017

A Kent group backing Jacob Rees-Mogg MP as the next Conservative leader say they still support him - despite his controversial views on abortion.

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Odds shorten on Kent Ukip leadership candidate

Henry Bolton OBE in Dover

06 September 2017

Kent would-be Ukip leader Henry Bolton is closer to seizing the prize - ahead of hustings in Kent tonight.

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Take two bags – or face fine

05 September 2017

Dog walkers will soon face an £80 fine for not having at least two waste bags on them to pick up after their pets.

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MP defends £22k researcher offer

Deal and Dover MP Charlie Elphicke accepted the £22,000 donation to fund a researcher

04 September 2017

A Kent MP has defended accepting an offer from a lobbying organisation to fund a researcher's post.

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Rees-Mogg’s mother-in-law bags bottle of booze signed by Boris Johnson in Tory tombola

04 September 2017

A bottle of champagne signed by Boris Johnson and raffled off during a summer Tory tombola was won by the mother-in-law of Jacob Rees-Mogg.

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