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Long-standing councillor to stand to be Kent MP

Long-standing councillor to stand to be Kent MP

01 March 2024

A former council leader has been selected by his party to stand for them at the next general election.

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Kent Politics Podcast: Tracey Crouch on why she’s stepping away from politics

Kent Politics Podcast: Tracey Crouch on why she’s stepping away from politics

01 March 2024

In the latest episode of Kent Politics Podcast we speak to Tracey Crouch about her shock decision to not stand at the next election.

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‘We provide a choice beyond the two-party race for Westminster’

‘We provide a choice beyond the two-party race for Westminster’

27 February 2024

A teacher and mum-of-two is hoping to become the first MP to represent a newly formed Kent constituency at the next general election.

Kent Politics Podcast: ‘I don’t think Manston will reopen as an airport’

Kent Politics Podcast: ‘I don’t think Manston will reopen as an airport’

23 February 2024

The leader of Thanet District Council gives his view on the latest developments at Manston Airport on this week's podcast.

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Retiring MP: ‘If I had my time again, this is what I’d do...’

Retiring MP: ‘If I had my time again, this is what I’d do...’

18 February 2024

One of the county’s best-known MPs has opened up on his life in politics as he prepares to call it a day.

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Veteran MP tells podcast that Brexit has gone well

Veteran MP tells podcast that Brexit has gone well

16 February 2024

An outgoing MP has told the Kent Politics Podcast how he feels Brexit has been a success and how current opinion polls are going to be proved wrong.

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School's safety petition aired before MPs after death of pupil, 10

School's safety petition aired before MPs after death of pupil, 10

14 February 2024

A primary school’s petition for road safety measures to be introduced following the death of one of its pupil has been presented to Parliament.

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Long-standing MP won’t run at general election

Long-standing MP won’t run at general election

12 February 2024

An MP who has served her community for more than a decade has announced she will not stand at the next general election.

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Kent Politics Podcast: huge cuts, dodgy pork and policing problems

Kent Politics Podcast: huge cuts, dodgy pork and policing problems

09 February 2024

The latest episode of the Kent Politics Podcast is available now and features more woe for council finances across the county.

‘Thousands’ slapped with fines as speed limit drops from 70mph to 40mph

‘Thousands’ slapped with fines as speed limit drops from 70mph to 40mph

03 February 2024

Thousands of drivers are thought to have been given fines and points on their license as they were unaware of a speed limit change.

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Petrol in the post and letters with glass: Councillors detail abuse they face

Petrol in the post and letters with glass: Councillors detail abuse they face

29 January 2024

Councillors from both sides of the political divide have opened up on the more sinister aspects of the abuse and harassment they face regularly.

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Gove hands council £11m in emergency bailout amid cash crisis

Gove hands council £11m in emergency bailout amid cash crisis

25 January 2024

The cash-strapped county council is set to receive a share of the government’s emergency bailout fund – but some warn the money is a short-term fix.

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‘Drop in the ocean’ social care plan not enough, warns council deputy

‘Drop in the ocean’ social care plan not enough, warns council deputy

17 January 2024

A council forced to hire more care worker agency staff while it struggles to retain permanent staff says the government’s plans don’t go far enough.

Dental X-rays to be used on asylum seekers who claim to be children

Dental X-rays to be used on asylum seekers who claim to be children

11 January 2024

The Home Office is poised to start using dental X-rays to assess asylum seekers who claim to be children – but some have raised concerns.

‘This should not have happened’: Former postal minister speaks out

‘This should not have happened’: Former postal minister speaks out

09 January 2024

A Kent MP and former minister for postal affairs has welcomed the decision by former Post Office boss Paula Vennells to hand back her CBE.

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MP has ‘extreme surgery’ amid sepsis battle

MP has ‘extreme surgery’ amid sepsis battle

19 December 2023

A politician has told of how he is lucky to be alive following a diagnosis with sepsis and undergoing “extreme” surgery.

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Royal Mail delays latest: Post woes continue as Christmas looms

Royal Mail delays latest: Post woes continue as Christmas looms

18 December 2023

With one week to go until Christmas, residents are still reporting issues with the postal service as parcels are delayed or missing.

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Labour MP under investigation says: 'Starmer won't talk to me'

Labour MP under investigation says: 'Starmer won't talk to me'

03 December 2023

A Labour MP has hit back at her party leader Sir Keir Starmer who she says “has not spoken to me” while she is under investigation for anti-semitism.

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Search for new national park

Search for new national park

30 November 2023

A government minister has announced plans to find a new national park following a visit to a river restoration project in Kent.

Migration figures are 'too high', says Kent MP

Migration figures are 'too high', says Kent MP

26 November 2023

A Kent MP has said migration figures are ‘too high’ despite what she claimed was some of the ‘strongest action ever” taken by her government.

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