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The 2009 pandemic report and how it compares to the Covid crisis

14 February 2021
The 2009 pandemic report and how it compares to the Covid crisis

A report from more than a decade ago forecast how a pandemic might hit Kent - and its predictions are very accurate.

A tax rise and the Tory revolt that fizzled out

12 February 2021
A tax rise and the Tory revolt that fizzled out

A Tory revolt fails to amount to anything, a hike in council tax and another health shake-up - we round-up this week's political news in Kent.

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Customs site for HGVs at station car park costs £1.8m

11 February 2021
Customs site for HGVs at station car park costs £1.8m

The government is paying hundreds of thousands in rent every month for using a railway station car park for customs checks on cross-Channel lorries.

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Tory councillors suspended from KCC

09 February 2021
Tory councillors suspended from KCC

Two county councillors have lost the party whip over their opposition to a proposed 5% increase in council tax.

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Minister refuses to say how long asylum barracks will be used

08 February 2021
Minister refuses to say how long asylum barracks will be used

A minister has refused to say how long a barracks will be used to house asylum seekers despite mounting criticism and an outbreak of Covid-19.

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Millions spent renting land for Brexit lorry park

07 February 2021
Millions spent renting land for Brexit lorry park

The government has paid the owner of land being used as a Brexit lorry park almost £6m in rent.

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Council polls will go-ahead despite pandemic

05 February 2021
Council polls will go-ahead despite pandemic

County council, crime commissioner and district council polls in Kent will go ahead despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Brexit fears on gridlock in Kent 'unfounded'

03 February 2021
Brexit fears on gridlock in Kent 'unfounded'

The transport minister says Kent gridlock fears after Brexit have been proved unfounded, with freight levels around 15% lower than normal.

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A sobering week after deaths from Covid top 100,000

31 January 2021
A sobering week after deaths from Covid top 100,000

Lorries lose their way, vaccination hubs open their doors - the week in politics.

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Anti-vaxxers 'barking mad', says MP

28 January 2021
Anti-vaxxers 'barking mad', says MP

An MP has labelled anti-vaccine campaigners "barking mad" but refused to criticise a colleague who told them to "persist" in their lockdown protest.

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Court battles and Twitter scandals: What crime commissioners do - and does anyone care?

27 January 2021
Court battles and Twitter scandals: What crime commissioners do - and does anyone care?

From High Court battles to Twitter scandals, the world of police commissioners has been pretty dramatic for one few seem to care about.

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Council pushes on with bike lanes

24 January 2021
Council pushes on with bike lanes

A court ruling for cycle schemes in London should not affect plans drawn up for Kent.

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'We cannot afford to lose Eurostar'

20 January 2021
'We cannot afford to lose Eurostar'

The French and British governments have been called upon to consider a rescue package to help Eurostar.

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Food parcels, u-turns and lorry queues: the week in politics

17 January 2021
Food parcels, u-turns and lorry queues: the week in politics

Home Secretary dodges Covid-19 questions at Downing Street briefing and another u-turn on free school meals - it's all in our review of the week.

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'We can't assume port chaos won't happen again'

13 January 2021
'We can't assume port chaos won't happen again'

MPs have warned not to "assume we are safe" after the predicted chaos at the ports after Brexit didn't materialise.

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Government pressed by MPs to appoint hospitality minister

12 January 2021
Government pressed by MPs to appoint hospitality minister

Tunbridge Wells MP Greg Clark urges government to help small businesses

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2021 gets off to a tumultuous start

08 January 2021
2021 gets off to a tumultuous start

From the start of the third national lockdown to shocking scenes across The Pond, it has been an extraordinary start to the new year.

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'Scrap Kent Test if this carries on'

08 January 2021
'Scrap Kent Test if this carries on'

The 11-plus in Kent and Medway was delayed last year but this year campaigners say education chiefs should go a step further.

'Scrap Kent Test if this carries on'

08 January 2021
'Scrap Kent Test if this carries on'

The 11-plus was delayed last year but this year campaigners say education chiefs should go a step further.

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'Ban accounts that incite violence and spread disinformation'

07 January 2021
'Ban accounts that incite violence and spread disinformation'

A Kent MP is calling on social media companies to ban accounts that incite violence and spread disinformation in the wake of the Trump riots.

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