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

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

17 January 2021

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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MP stands down after 'devastating family news'

MP stands down after 'devastating family news'

16 January 2021

An MP has taken the decision to stand down from her government role following some "devastating family news".

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Nurseries 'hugely relieved' over government support

Nurseries 'hugely relieved' over government support

15 January 2021

Cash-strapped nurseries are welcoming much-needed financial support from the government amid the pandemic.

Concern mounts over KCC council tax hike

Concern mounts over KCC council tax hike

14 January 2021

Questions are being asked over a tax rise, designed to 'bolster' KCC reserves.

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Covid-hit groups to get help from council crowdfunder

Covid-hit groups to get help from council crowdfunder

14 January 2021

A crowdfunder will be launched to help groups who have lost funds due to the pandemic.

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MP plans to give cancer and Twitter the boot

MP plans to give cancer and Twitter the boot

13 January 2021

MP Tracey Crouch is set to finish cancer treatment next month, and is looking forward to banishing another negative influence - Twitter.

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Food vouchers to replace free school meals

Food vouchers to replace free school meals

13 January 2021

The government will replace the 'disgraceful' free school meal scheme with food vouchers.

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Government pressed by MPs to appoint hospitality minister

Government pressed by MPs to appoint hospitality minister

12 January 2021

Tunbridge Wells MP Greg Clark urges government to help small businesses

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Politicians divided over border closure

Politicians divided over border closure

12 January 2021

There has been a difference of opinion at County Hall over the decision to shut the French border with the UK which saw lorries stranded on the M20.

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2021 gets off to a tumultuous start

2021 gets off to a tumultuous start

08 January 2021

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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'I still hope we will rejoin EU - as do most Labour MPs'

'I still hope we will rejoin EU - as do most Labour MPs'

08 January 2021

A Kent MP and staunch Remainer says she is 'not giving up' on hopes the UK will one day rejoin the European Union.

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Crunch meeting over theatre's future pushed back

Crunch meeting over theatre's future pushed back

08 January 2021

A committee meeting set to discuss the future of a much loved theatre has been delayed by a week.

GCSE and A-level exams have been scrapped - is the Kent Test next?

GCSE and A-level exams have been scrapped - is the Kent Test next?

08 January 2021

Calls to cancel the 11 Plus are growing as schools close once again for the third national coronavirus lockdown.

440 homes will be built despite council rejection

440 homes will be built despite council rejection

07 January 2021

An inspector has reached a decision over a 440-home plan which attracted so much opposition a council went against the advice to refuse the scheme.

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'Ban accounts that incite violence and spread disinformation'

'Ban accounts that incite violence and spread disinformation'

07 January 2021

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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Kent MPs condemn 'shocking scenes' in US

Kent MPs condemn 'shocking scenes' in US

06 January 2021

Politicians in the county have condemned protesters who have stormed the US Capitol in Washington DC.

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'Cancelling exams is the right thing to do'

'Cancelling exams is the right thing to do'

06 January 2021

Head teachers have welcomed the move to scrap exams this year but want more details about how teacher grading will work.

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Councils could get 'incentive' cash to drive up recycling rates

Councils could get 'incentive' cash to drive up recycling rates

06 January 2021

A £6.5million package has been offered by KCC to authorities in some areas of the county to recycle more black bin bag waste.

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KCC proposes 5% hike in council tax

KCC proposes 5% hike in council tax

06 January 2021

Kent County Council has proposed a 5% rise in council tax as it plans its budget for the next financial year.

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Unfinished Brexit lorry park opens for first time

Unfinished Brexit lorry park opens for first time

05 January 2021

HGV drivers heading for Europe have started receiving Covid-19 tests at a huge Brexit lorry park which has opened for the first time.

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