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Security checks to continue at huge lorry site 22 miles from Dover

29 February 2024
Security checks to continue at huge lorry site 22 miles from Dover

The government plans to continue using a lorry holding site for biosecurity checks – even though it is 22 miles from the Port of Dover.

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Retiring MP: ‘If I had my time again, this is what I’d do...’

18 February 2024
Retiring MP: ‘If I had my time again, this is what I’d do...’

One of the county’s best-known MPs has opened up on his life in politics as he prepares to call it a day.

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Hundreds of extra grammar school places needed in Kent by end of the decade

11 February 2024
Hundreds of extra grammar school places needed in Kent by end of the decade

The county council has warned more grammar ‘satellites’ may be needed to cope with increase in demand and avoid extra costs to the taxpayer.

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MP criticised after taking £5k severance payment for nine-week job

07 February 2024
MP criticised after taking £5k severance payment for nine-week job

A long-standing MP received more in severance payments than he got in salary for serving as a government minister.

‘We need a town centre fit for 2020s not the 1980s...’

06 February 2024
‘We need a town centre fit for 2020s not the 1980s...’

A parliamentary candidate says he wants to tackle a declining town centre as one of his priorities.

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PM: 'Council needs to do more to save hundreds of jobs’

31 January 2024
PM: 'Council needs to do more to save hundreds of jobs’

A council has been urged by Rishi Sunak that it needs to “do more” to try and save jobs at historic docks.

‘Cash-strapped council putting road repairs on hold will only add to backlog’

29 January 2024
‘Cash-strapped council putting road repairs on hold will only add to backlog’

All but the most urgent road repair schemes in Kent are to be suspended amid KCC’s cash crisis – but Paul Francis says it will lead to more problems.

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‘Farage could return’ as party’s support surges in Kent

24 January 2024
‘Farage could return’ as party’s support surges in Kent

Polls show the Reform Party is growing in support in most Kent seats – and its leader says: “People are not laughing at us now.”

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Kent Tories among MPs to rebel against PM over Rwanda bill

17 January 2024
Kent Tories among MPs to rebel against PM over Rwanda bill

The Prime Minister’s job could be on the line after a backbench revolt on Rwanda, with three Kent MPs among those to rebel against the government.

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‘Could Labour see a 1997-style landslide? Poll shows Sunak should be worried’

15 January 2024
‘Could Labour see a 1997-style landslide? Poll shows Sunak should be worried’

Rishi Sunak will have to pull out all the stops to avoid a battering at the election if the latest polls are anything to go by, writes Paul Francis.

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‘For first time in years, Tories can claim tough migration approach is working’

02 January 2024
‘For first time in years, Tories can claim tough migration approach is working’

The Tories will be breathing a sigh of relief that a drop in small boat crossings appears to show its tough stance is working, writes Paul Francis.

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Kent’s political winners and losers of 2023

30 December 2023
Kent’s political winners and losers of 2023

With the Tories in turmoil and Labour on the charge, we look back at the biggest political stories of the year.

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‘More cash for councils will help funding crisis – but it won’t stop the cuts’

18 December 2023
‘More cash for councils will help funding crisis – but it won’t stop the cuts’

The government’s pledge to increase council budgets will undoubtedly take the pressure off – but cuts will still need to be made, writes Paul Francis.

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Most Kent MPs set to back Sunak on Rwanda Bill – amid snap election chatter

12 December 2023
Most Kent MPs set to back Sunak on Rwanda Bill – amid snap election chatter

The Prime Minister faces a crucial vote tonight on his controversial plan to process asylum seekers in Rwanda – and has the support of most Kent MPs.

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‘Challenging week will be ultimate test of PM’s resilience’

11 December 2023
‘Challenging week will be ultimate test of PM’s resilience’

Rishi Sunak faces a tough week, with division over his controversial Rwanda plan coinciding with questions over his pandemic Eat Out initiative.

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Two ‘permanent’ asylum seeker centres to be set up in Kent

11 December 2023
Two ‘permanent’ asylum seeker centres to be set up in Kent

Two sites in Kent are set to become permanent facilities for processing asylum seekers as part of £700m plans to manage the small boats crisis.

Is Prime Minister winning battle to curb small boat crossings?

30 November 2023
Is Prime Minister winning battle to curb small boat crossings?

Rishi Sunak has made it one of his key pledges – but is he winning in the battle to curb the number of small boats crossing the Channel?

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The politicians who took on the jungle before Nigel Farage

19 November 2023
The politicians who took on the jungle before Nigel Farage

As we get ready to watch Nigel Farage face some creepy crawlies, we take a look at the other politicians who have appeared on I’m a Celeb.

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Is it time to find another way, Prime Minister?

15 November 2023
Is it time to find another way, Prime Minister?

A Kent MP says it’s time to find another solution to deal with asylum seekers after the Rwanda deal was ruled unlawful by Supreme Court judges.

‘Will Rishi’s Cameron curveball sway any voters?’

13 November 2023
‘Will Rishi’s Cameron curveball sway any voters?’

The election clock is ticking – but political editor Paul Francis questions whether the Tories have left it too late to halt their slide in the polls.

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