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Preview to the political week in Kent amid ongoing US election fall-out from Brexit Internal Market Bill to coronavirus and Marcus Rashford's free school meal victory


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The election victory for Joe Biden looks set to continue to dominate politics this week, especially given the threat by an increasingly belligerent Donald Trump to throw his toys out of the pram and challenge the result in the courts.

Closer to home, political editor Paul Francis sets out what's in store on the domestic front:

Marcus Rashford has forced another government u-turn Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Images
Marcus Rashford has forced another government u-turn Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Images
  • Covid woe: Kent County Council's Conservative administration will give an update on the impact of the pandemic on the county at a cabinet meeting focusing on public health and the economy. It's likely to make sobre reading. Advance copies of two presentations due to be debated have not been made available.
  • Lords leaping: Remember The Internal Market Bill? Of course you do. The Bill is controversial because it effectively would allow the government to override parts of its Brexit agreement with the European Union, which has been enshrined in law. Many MPs - including North Thanet's Sir Roger Gale - oppose it. And the Conservative peer Lord Howard of Lympne, former Folkestone and Hythe MP, is leading the charge in the House of Lords this week, saying it is bad for the rule of law and will cause distrust between the UK and other countries.
  • And there's been another u-turn by the government - this time on free school meals as the Prime Minister bows to pressure to fund a voucher scheme during school holidays. It's likely the fall-out from that decision will continue throughout the week.

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