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Glastonbury tickets among MPs' freebies

Glastonbury tickets were among freebies given to MPs

04 August 2017

Tickets to Glastonbury and a cricket Test match at Lords are among the gifts accepted by Kent MPs, it's been revealed.


Councillor banned for three months

Swale Cllr Mike Baldock (Ukip, Borden and Grove Park) studies the confidential "blue" papers at his home in Wises Lane, Sittingbourne.

04 August 2017

A councillor has been banned from meetings for three months after refusing to hand back confidential "blue" papers.

Labour gains seat on council

Tony Winckless wins the seat for Labour

04 August 2017

The results of a by-election held after the sudden death of a councillor have been announced.


First-time voter's painting goes viral

Artist Sam Collins painting a giant mural of Jeremy Corbyn on the side of a London pub

04 August 2017

Tens of thousands of people have praised the work of an artist whose portrait of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn features on the side of a pub.


Labour wins by-election

Thanet Council offices in Cecil Square, Margate

04 August 2017

Labour has won another seat on Thanet council after it took the Margate Central ward.


Lorry park turns away 200 HGVs a week as demand spirals

Operation Stack between Junction 9 and 10 of the M20. Picture: Gary Browne

03 August 2017

Bosses at a Kent lorry park say a record number of hauliers are using the site as growth in traffic from the continent continues to rise.


Election candidate in row over backing rival

David Wimble claimed he was an independent candidate but supported the nomination of his Tory opponent

02 August 2017

Independent candidate who backed his Tory rival's nomination in same election has been branded "irresponsible and lacking integrity".


Council tops complaints list for children's services

County Hall in Maidstone, KCC's headquaters

02 August 2017

The county council had the highest number of complaints about education and children's services in the country, a watchdog has revealed.


Post-Brexit customs checks 'could gridlock Kent'

Delays heading to the Port of Dover. Library image.

31 July 2017

The Port of Dover could be blighted by chronic delays as new customs checks come in after Brexit, a report warns.


We're going to need a bigger car: Civic leaders 'face injury' in small vehicle

Dover Mayor Neil Rix

30 July 2017

A council is to pay for a new car because its current hatchback is too small for the mayor and a senior officer.


Council boss rules out bid to become Ukip party leader

Chris Wells Thanet District Council leader

28 July 2017

The Ukip leader of a Kent council says he won't be standing in the contest to be the party's next leader.


MP challenged over stance on grammars

Rosie Duffield, MP for Canterbury

27 July 2017

Kent's newest MP has been challenged over her stance on grammar schools - while sending her children to one.


Hundreds of NHS staff quit over Brexit

White Lodge care home was rated 'good' in all categories last October

27 July 2017

Health chiefs say Britain's plans to leave the EU are making it more difficult to recruit nurses with 670 positions now vacant in Kent.


Motorists could face charges on 'most polluted' roads

Traffic congestion

26 July 2017

Councils in Kent and Medway have been given the green light by the government to introduce radical plans to curb air pollution.


Getting ready to quit EU

MP Charlie Elphicke next to Brexit minister Steve Baker and with Conservative colleagues

25 July 2017

A Kent MP and colleagues have met the Brexit minister over preparations for leaving Europe.


Town bids for its own council

Brian Spoor collecting names for the town council petition in Sheerness

25 July 2017

More than 800 people have signed a petition to form a new town council in Kent.


Ukip defection leaves council with no overall control

Chris Wells Thanet District Council leader

24 July 2017

Ukip has lost control of the only council it has ever won - but the party vows to keep running the authority.


Borough councillor admitted to hospital

Maidstone Town Hall

22 July 2017

A borough councillor has been forced to take a break from tackling constituents’ issues after being taken to hospital.


London gangs sparking rise in violent crime: Commissioner

Reports of violent crime have gone up 30%. Stock image: Getty Images

21 July 2017

A huge rise in violent crime is partly down to London gangs extending their network to Kent, according to the county's crime commissioner.


Allowances hike sparks petition

Councillors voted themselves at 15% allowance increase. Stock picture

21 July 2017

Protesters have mounted a petition calling on councillors to rethink their decision to vote themselves a 15% "pay" rise.

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