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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.

MP criticised after taking £5k severance payment for nine-week job

MP criticised after taking £5k severance payment for nine-week job

07 February 2024

A long-standing MP received more in severance payments than he got in salary for serving as a government minister.

‘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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Business park plan for docks lodged but opposition ‘not going away’

Business park plan for docks lodged but opposition ‘not going away’

23 January 2024

Controversial plans to regenerate a working dockside industrial estate into a business and enterprise campus have been submitted.

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Lib Dems select General Election candidates in Towns

Lib Dems select General Election candidates in Towns

16 January 2024

With a General Election on the horizon, the Liberal Democrats have announced their three parliamentary candidates for Medway.

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‘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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‘Come here and discuss it’: Council leader hits back at Michael Gove’s stinging criticism

‘Come here and discuss it’: Council leader hits back at Michael Gove’s stinging criticism

21 December 2023

A council branded one of the worst in the country for planning its blueprint has hit back at a government minister who threatened to intervene.

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Campaigners pen letter to MPs urging Gaza ceasefire ahead of town protest

Campaigners pen letter to MPs urging Gaza ceasefire ahead of town protest

03 November 2023

A protest group which supports the people of Palestine has written to the Town’s MPs urging them to back a ceasefire ahead of a march.

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MPs join forces to oppose quarry expansion

MPs join forces to oppose quarry expansion

17 October 2023

Two MPs have teamed up in opposition to plans to extend a ragstone quarry into an area of ancient woodland.

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Labour forecast to make huge gains in Kent

Labour forecast to make huge gains in Kent

04 October 2023

A polling prediction website says the number of Labour MPs in Kent will rise after the next general election, with tactical voting likely.

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Calls to tear down landmark shopping centre for new homes

Calls to tear down landmark shopping centre for new homes

01 October 2023

An MP has labelled a major shopping centre a relic from a bygone time and has called for it to be knocked down to make room for housing.

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‘I thought people who stood for parliament were not of sound mind...’

‘I thought people who stood for parliament were not of sound mind...’

28 September 2023

Labour candidate Lauren Edwards is aiming to become an MP despite previously being baffled why anybody would want to.

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‘More money needed’ to tackle nuisance drivers

‘More money needed’ to tackle nuisance drivers

20 September 2023

An MP has called for more funding to tackle nuisance drivers whose car meet-ups disturb residents and businesses.

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‘My background has prepared me for the challenges ahead...’

‘My background has prepared me for the challenges ahead...’

24 August 2023

A candidate hoping to become one of the Towns’ three MPs has explained how her life has shaped her political beliefs.

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Labour’s Osborne has eyes set on second parliamentary bid

Labour’s Osborne has eyes set on second parliamentary bid

22 August 2023

A newly-appointed cabinet member has revealed he is looking at becoming an MP at the next general election.

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MP Tracey Crouch backs BBC journalists’ strike action

MP Tracey Crouch backs BBC journalists’ strike action

07 June 2023

Tracey Crouch says plans to reduce local radio services are a “massacre of all that is distinct within the BBC by the managers.”

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Praise for bystanders who detained high street stabbing suspect

Praise for bystanders who detained high street stabbing suspect

12 May 2023

An MP has praised the ‘exceptional bravery’ of those who apprehended a suspect after a serious assault.

The Kent faces you could spot at the coronation

The Kent faces you could spot at the coronation

06 May 2023

From Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes to Hollywood actor Orlando Bloom – who might you spot from Kent at the King’s coronation?

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