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Council chief defends 'investment zones' plan for Kent

02 October 2022
Council chief defends 'investment zones' plan for Kent

The county council leader says it would have been "extraordinary" not to put Kent forward for a government scheme to liberalise planning regulations.

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'Economic crisis? None of this is at all unusual'

28 September 2022
'Economic crisis? None of this is at all unusual'

A Kent MP is not linking the Chancellor's mini-budget with the UK's current "financial difficulty", despite the currency's value falling since Friday.

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Analysis: why this really could be the end for Truss

28 September 2022
Analysis: why this really could be the end for Truss

Political editor Paul Francis says the ongoing economic fallout from Friday's "mini-budget" could end the premiership of Liz Truss.

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The parts of Kent where planning rulebook could be torn up

26 September 2022
The parts of Kent where planning rulebook could be torn up

Housebuilding restrictions could be eased in parts of Kent - after the county was named by the government as a potential "investment zone".

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What does mini-budget mean for pay packets and new housing in Kent?

23 September 2022
What does mini-budget mean for pay packets and new housing in Kent?

A wave of tax-cutting measures have been unveiled today - but how will it affect housebuilding, pay packets and property prices in Kent?

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Government drawing up plans to allow new grammar schools

22 September 2022
Government drawing up plans to allow new grammar schools

The government is drawing up plans that could pave the way for new grammar schools to be allowed to open, ending a decades-long ban.

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'You can't frack in Kent like America - the pollution risk is too high'

22 September 2022
'You can't frack in Kent like America - the pollution risk is too high'

The government looks set to end its ban on fracking - but could we see drilling take place in our county?

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'It was all strangely uplifting...'

11 September 2022
'It was all strangely uplifting...'

Thousands turned out to pay their respects as the Queen’s coffin arrived in Edinburgh and among the crowds was our political editor Paul Francis.

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E-scooters to vanish from Kent's streets

10 September 2022
E-scooters to vanish from Kent's streets

A controversial trial of e-scooters in the county is set to end as the county council pulls the plug on the divisive pilot scheme.

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Tom Tugendhat given government job

07 September 2022
Tom Tugendhat given government job

A Kent MP has been given a new government job in the cabinet shake up as Liz Truss becomes Prime Minister.

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What Kent will want to hear from Liz Truss

05 September 2022
What Kent will want to hear from Liz Truss

Liz Truss has won the Tory leadership contest and we've taken a look at what the people of Kent will expect from her.

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What will new PM mean for grammar school ban?

05 September 2022
What will new PM mean for grammar school ban?

As we wait to discover the result of the Tory leadership contest, we take a look at what the new leader could mean for grammar schools in Kent

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At last...only three more sleeps until we know the next PM

02 September 2022
At last...only three more sleeps until we know the next PM

Our political editor Paul Francis gives his views on the week in politics.

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Head teacher warns of school staff cuts as energy bills rocket

02 September 2022
Head teacher warns of school staff cuts as energy bills rocket

A leading Kent head teacher says some schools are facing £100,000 increases in their energy bills - which could mean job cuts.

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Controversial bus service cuts put on hold

31 August 2022
Controversial bus service cuts put on hold

County transport chiefs have put on hold controversial plans to axe under-used bus services to save money.

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Planes, trains and buses - Kent's week in politics

26 August 2022
Planes, trains and buses - Kent's week in politics

Paul Francis gives his views and analysis of the week in Kent politics - from planes and trains to buses.

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EasyJet and Ryanair in talks to start flights from Kent airport

23 August 2022
EasyJet and Ryanair in talks to start flights from Kent airport

Passenger services could return to Manston sooner than expected, with airlines including EasyJet and Ryanair in talks to get flights up and running.

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Council redundancy and exit packages cost £5m over five years

15 August 2022
Council redundancy and exit packages cost £5m over five years

Kent County Council's accounts have revealed the amount of money paid out on redundancies and exit packages over the last five years.

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That's enough now...the never-ending Tory leadership contest

12 August 2022
That's enough now...the never-ending Tory leadership contest

Our political editor Paul Francis gives his take on the week in politics.

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Kent MP received £120k in donations in bid to become party leader

11 August 2022
Kent MP received £120k in donations in bid to become party leader

Records show MP Tom Tugendhat received donations totalling £120,000 for his bid to become Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister.

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