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Smart motorway roll-out paused due to safety fears

12 January 2022
Smart motorway roll-out paused due to safety fears

The roll-out of smart motorway schemes is to be paused until five years’ worth of safety data is available, the government has announced.

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Heading for the exit? How Boris could leave No.10

11 January 2022
Heading for the exit? How Boris could leave No.10

The writing may be on the wall for Boris Johnson after yet another scandal – but how exactly might he leave?

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'Covid patients must be discharged quickly to avoid backlog'

10 January 2022
'Covid patients must be discharged quickly to avoid backlog'

Health chiefs in Kent have been ordered to speed up the discharge of patients in battle over Covid.

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MP casts doubt on need for Covid 'surge centre'

09 January 2022
MP casts doubt on need for Covid 'surge centre'

A Kent MP has questioned whether a medical ‘hub’ to cope with patients with Covid will be needed despite escalating numbers contracting the virus.

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The key political issues to dominate Kent in 2022

09 January 2022
The key political issues to dominate Kent in 2022

Will we finally see the end of Covid, Boris and Channel crossings? Our political editor shares his view.

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Hike in council tax for policing proposed

07 January 2022
Hike in council tax for policing proposed

Taxpayers could be asked to cough up an extra £10 a year in council tax to fund further investment in the county's police force.

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Government urged to consider fourth jab for health staff

06 January 2022
Government urged to consider fourth jab for health staff

Kent MP Greg Clark has urged the Prime Minister to consider a fourth jab for hospital staff and carers.

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'We can't tell you what happened to £54m sent to France'

05 January 2022
'We can't tell you what happened to £54m sent to France'

The Home Office has claimed releasing details of how £54m sent to the French has been spent would 'jeopardise diplomatic relations'.

2021: From parties to rebels – a year in politics

26 December 2021
2021: From parties to rebels – a year in politics

Our political editor Paul Francis gives his take on what has been a turbulent, tumultuous and occasionally toxic 12 months of politics.

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Get set for the return of virtual learning, warn teaching unions

22 December 2021
Get set for the return of virtual learning, warn teaching unions

Some schools in the county are already preparing for the prospect of a return to virtual lessons after the New Year.

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Is it the beginning of the end for Boris?

17 December 2021
Is it the beginning of the end for Boris?

Our political editor takes a look at the national and local politics story affecting Kent this week.

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Government's health official warns hospitals will be under pressure

16 December 2021
Government's health official warns hospitals will be under pressure

Chief medical officer tells MPs to expect high demand for hospital beds for Covid patients as new variant bites.

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'Why I joined Covid restrictions rebels'

15 December 2021
'Why I joined Covid restrictions rebels'

Five MPs in Kent joined last night's revolt on Covid restrictions – so far, just one has explained why.

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Five Kent MPs rebel in Covid passes vote

14 December 2021
Five Kent MPs rebel in Covid passes vote

Boris Johnson suffered his largest Tory rebellion as almost 100 MPs - including five from Kent - voted against Covid passes in England.

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New law will curb online abuse and harassment

14 December 2021
New law will curb online abuse and harassment

Here's everything you need to know about the government's new law that will crackdown on online harassment, abuse and cyberbullying.

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Kent MPs poised to rebel over latest Covid restrictions

14 December 2021
Kent MPs poised to rebel over latest Covid restrictions

Kent MPs are planning to defy the Prime Minister over new Covid restrictions as they vote on the measures.

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Two years in the job, but is the Prime Minister losing his grip?

12 December 2021
Two years in the job, but is the Prime Minister losing his grip?

Today marks two years since Boris Johnson won the keys to Downing Street, but is he losing his grip on power?

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'When is a party not a party? Were Twiglets available?'

10 December 2021
'When is a party not a party? Were Twiglets available?'

Our political editor takes a look at the national and local politics story affecting Kent this week.

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A turning point for Kent in asylum crisis?

08 December 2021
A turning point for Kent in asylum crisis?

After a 20-year fight the government says councils will be forced to take in child asylum seekers to ease pressure on Kent - but will it work?

'We'll make Kent a really hostile space for gangs to be'

06 December 2021
'We'll make Kent a really hostile space for gangs to be'

Kent's police and crime commissioner says a government plan to tackle drug crime will help eliminate county line gangs.

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