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'It's not clear social care solution is fair'

'It's not clear social care solution is fair'

23 November 2021

A Kent MP was among nearly 70 Tories who did not back the government in a key vote on changes to the adult social care system.

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Send troops to France to solve asylum crisis, says MP

Send troops to France to solve asylum crisis, says MP

22 November 2021

As record numbers of asylum seekers cross the Channel in small boats one Kent MP has called for troops to be sent to France.

MP urges rethink on care costs cap plan

MP urges rethink on care costs cap plan

22 November 2021

The government could face a revolt on its social care reforms in a vote due to be held later today.

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'Other councils must help with child asylum seekers'

'Other councils must help with child asylum seekers'

22 November 2021

A dispersal scheme that sees asylum seeker children transferred into the care of councils across the country is slowing, a councillor has warned.

'Don't call our children 'woke''

'Don't call our children 'woke''

22 November 2021

A head teacher has hit out at the 'older generation' dismissing children as 'woke' and using phrases such as cancel culture.

Youth justice service 'must improve' amid gowning violence concerns

Youth justice service 'must improve' amid gowning violence concerns

21 November 2021

Kent's youth justice service must improve its care of young children as a councillor calls for a "culture change" amid growing violence concerns.

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Kent 'facing teaching assistant shortage'

Kent 'facing teaching assistant shortage'

21 November 2021

A education chief says the county is facing a shortfall of teaching assistants in schools.

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Asylum seekers to be told 'obey the rules or go home'

Asylum seekers to be told 'obey the rules or go home'

20 November 2021

Asylum seekers could be told to obey strict new rules or have their claims rejected under new laws being considered.

Former Tory MP 'on universal credit and can't pay court fine'

Former Tory MP 'on universal credit and can't pay court fine'

19 November 2021

Disgraced former Tory MP Charlie Elphicke has said he can't afford to pay court costs as he is unemployed and making a claim for Universal Credit.

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Second job backlash and select committee clash

Second job backlash and select committee clash

19 November 2021

A Kent MP clashed with a minister over asylum seeker numbers and the sleaze row rumbles on, read what our political editor made of it all.

Holding a phone for any reason while driving to be made illegal

Holding a phone for any reason while driving to be made illegal

19 November 2021

Drivers are to be banned completely from using mobile phones while driving, under a strengthening of the law the government has announced today.

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Early closure of County Town barracks denied

Early closure of County Town barracks denied

18 November 2021

Rumours that an army barracks earmarked for housing may shut before the scheduled date of 2027 have been denied.

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Coastal town could be 'crushed from all sides'

Coastal town could be 'crushed from all sides'

17 November 2021

Two campaigns are uniting in protest at coastal developments as part of a countywide 'day of action' against loss of green spaces.

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Huge 24-hour lorry park planned for field

Huge 24-hour lorry park planned for field

16 November 2021

Plans have been revealed for a 200-strong HGV park to be built in a field in Kent.

Councillor quits Labour group

Councillor quits Labour group

16 November 2021

A sixth councillor at Maidstone has resigned his party whip.

Former minster 'sleaze' allegations explained

Former minster 'sleaze' allegations explained

16 November 2021

The controversy over MPs' second jobs has focused on what else they have to declare, political editor Paul Francis explains.

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'Levelling up money not levelling up towns'

'Levelling up money not levelling up towns'

15 November 2021

Millions of pounds invested in projects in a town led critics to claim it ignored other areas but it has emerged a bid for government cash failed.

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PM cops second jobs backlash at crucial climate summit

PM cops second jobs backlash at crucial climate summit

12 November 2021

The row over MPs' second jobs put the Prime Minister in a tricky position. Our political editor Paul Francis analyses the week in politics.

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Blue lake homes plan gets nod despite changes

Blue lake homes plan gets nod despite changes

12 November 2021

Councillors were split on a decision to allow a new development after bosses cut the number of promised affordable homes.

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Theme park bosses 'failing to engage' as inquiry pushed back again

Theme park bosses 'failing to engage' as inquiry pushed back again

11 November 2021

Frustrations have been raised about developers hoping to build a £2.5bn theme park failing to engage with three authorities over their concerns.

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