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‘Whoever wins has the most monumental task ahead’

‘Whoever wins has the most monumental task ahead’

Education in Kent is facing a crisis on a number of fronts - but how is each party promising to solve it at the general election?

On the campaign trail as Tory big beast visits true blue Kent seat

On the campaign trail as Tory big beast visits true blue Kent seat

We joined the Home Secretary on a campaign stop in what is traditionally one of the Conservatives’ safest seats - but will it remain so?

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Internet troll who threatened to kill Kent MP spared jail

Internet troll who threatened to kill Kent MP spared jail

An internet troll who posted “chilling” online messages threatening to kill a Kent MP and children’s author JK Rowling has been spared jail.

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The return of Farage to the political frontline and what it means for Kent

The return of Farage to the political frontline and what it means for Kent

After one of recent political history’s most significant U-turns, Nigel Farage proves again that love him or loathe him, he is an astute politician

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‘Voters need to be given the chance to quiz election candidates’

‘Voters need to be given the chance to quiz election candidates’

A resident is looking to organise his own general election hustings so voters can “ask the questions they want answers to”.

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Home Secretary takes aim at Farage on campaign trail in Kent

Home Secretary takes aim at Farage on campaign trail in Kent

James Cleverly took aim at Nigel Farage and said a Labour government would undo the past 14 years of progress during a visit to the county.

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Tories face worst Kent results in modern history

Tories face worst Kent results in modern history

The Tories could be left with just three seats in Kent following new polling which reveals the party is on course for a major election defeat.

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Disappointment as councillor launches ‘outrageous’ election bid 500 miles away

Disappointment as councillor launches ‘outrageous’ election bid 500 miles away

A Kent councillor’s unexpected bid to grapple for a Parliamentary seat 500 miles away has been slated as “outrageous”.

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‘Now Brexit is done, many ask if the Reform party is still relevant’

‘Now Brexit is done, many ask if the Reform party is still relevant’

The Nigel Farage Reform roadshow pitched up in Kent and rolled out all the hits last week - but what impact can the party have?

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Sending SEND pupils to private school costs taxpayers £84m

Sending SEND pupils to private school costs taxpayers £84m

A leading education expert says figures show the cost of sending children with special needs to private schools has tripled.

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Tory in antisemitism row: ‘I should have scrutinised post before sharing’

Tory in antisemitism row: ‘I should have scrutinised post before sharing’

A Conservative candidate says it is ‘fanciful’ to suggest he is antisemitic following a backlash to an image he posted on his social media.

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‘It may have been civilised and heckling minimal - but there was one thing missing’

‘It may have been civilised and heckling minimal - but there was one thing missing’

While many were crowded around watching the England game, our reporter was at a general election hustings event where politics was the hot topic…

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Kent County Council expects ‘no help’ from Labour government

Kent County Council expects ‘no help’ from Labour government

Senior leaders at cash-strapped Kent County Council anticipate ‘no help’ from a new Labour government.

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MP hopeful faces calls to be suspended after social media post

MP hopeful faces calls to be suspended after social media post

A Conservative vying to be a Kent MP is under fire for posting what Labour says is an antisemitic image on social media.

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Major A249 project stopped due to lack of funds

Major A249 project stopped due to lack of funds

A multimillion-pound bid to relieve jams heading into one of Kent’s biggest towns has ceased due to a lack of funding.

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‘On day one I was told we’ve got a £4.5m black hole and could go bankrupt’

‘On day one I was told we’ve got a £4.5m black hole and could go bankrupt’

One year after the Green Party took control of its first Kent council, we speak to the authority's leader about his first 12 months in charge.

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What would be the impact of a Starmer supermajority?

What would be the impact of a Starmer supermajority?

On the Kent Politics Podcast this week we talk with Labour’s Sevenoaks candidate who tells us what issues residents tell her about on the doorstep.

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Man caught on camera defacing election board

Man caught on camera defacing election board

A Green Party candidate is ‘disappointed’ after several of her election posters were defaced with pro-Reform slogans.

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Council’s social housing target miss branded ‘complete failure’

Council’s social housing target miss branded ‘complete failure’

New council leaders have delivered just 14.5% of their promised social housing target after taking power last year.

Council services face axe in search of £81m budget shortfall

Council services face axe in search of £81m budget shortfall

The biggest local authority in Kent faces a budget shortfall of £81m - with cuts to services almost inevitable.

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‘Refugees like me are human just like everyone else’

‘Refugees like me are human just like everyone else’

With the election just two weeks away, we look at what the parties are promising on immigration - and speak to a refugee who now calls Kent home.

Candidates fight for votes at Canterbury hustings

Candidates fight for votes at Canterbury hustings

Parliamentary hopefuls in Canterbury attempted to win over voters at a hustings event this evening.

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Another general election hustings to be streamed on KentOnline tonight

Another general election hustings to be streamed on KentOnline tonight

Candidates are set to be quizzed during another general election husting, set to be live-streamed on KentOnline today.

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‘England flags are out in force but would you put up a party political poster?’

‘England flags are out in force but would you put up a party political poster?’

With two weeks until the election where are people’s party posters asks our columnist - or has politics become too nasty and voters disillusioned?

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Major pre-election public meeting over 5,000-home plan

Major pre-election public meeting over 5,000-home plan

A major public meeting to debate a massive proposed housing development has been organised ahead of the general election.

Hustings to be held in Weald of Kent

Hustings to be held in Weald of Kent

A general election hustings for the Weald of Kent constituency will take place later this month.

Why housebuilding in Kent will only accelerate after July 4

Why housebuilding in Kent will only accelerate after July 4

We take an in-depth look at what the main parties are promising for housing and why it means no let up for the county - regardless of who wins.

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Peer has whip suspended after calling Kent candidate ‘frit or lazy’

Peer has whip suspended after calling Kent candidate ‘frit or lazy’

A House of Lords peer has had the Labour whip suspended for his comments about Rosie Duffield.

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‘Worrying trend of candidates snubbing hustings is damaging to democratic debate’

‘Worrying trend of candidates snubbing hustings is damaging to democratic debate’

It’s wrong for political candidates to evade scrutiny and accountability at hustings debates without good reason, says political editor Paul Francis…

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Singer visits Kent coast to ‘talk about poo’

Singer visits Kent coast to ‘talk about poo’

A popstar turned environmental campaigner has criticised water companies for “dumping sewage” into the sea.

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Parliamentary candidate will not attend hustings due to “constant trolling”

Parliamentary candidate will not attend hustings due to “constant trolling”

A Labour candidate has announced she will not attend husting events ahead of the general election due to the actions of “fixated individuals”.

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Reform UK downplays chances in Kent despite poll putting it ahead of Tories

Reform UK downplays chances in Kent despite poll putting it ahead of Tories

The Reform UK party in Kent has downplayed the prospects of it winning seats in the county despite a new opinion poll putting it ahead of the Tories.

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‘Why the return of National Service isn’t such a bad idea…’

‘Why the return of National Service isn’t such a bad idea…’

On the Kent Politics Podcast this week we discuss the possible return of National Service and welcome new Medway Tory leader George Perfect.

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Cleared councillors hit out at ‘vindictive and malicious’ complaint

Cleared councillors hit out at ‘vindictive and malicious’ complaint

Two leading councillors accused of failing to properly declare their financial interests have spoken out after been cleared of wrongdoing.

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‘Politicians weren’t interested’: Three-month road closure ends but businesses left counting cost

‘Politicians weren’t interested’: Three-month road closure ends but businesses left counting cost

Businesses say three-month roadworks may finally be at an end but the impact is long lasting with politicians largely ‘uninterested’ in their plight.

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‘It's a way of getting more mass building of substandard properties’

‘It's a way of getting more mass building of substandard properties’

Proposals to scrap rules that have stalled the building of thousands of new homes in Kent have left both environmentalists and developers concerned.

‘I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t think I could win’

‘I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t think I could win’

On this week’s episode of the Kent Politics Podcast our special guest is Reform UK parliamentary candidate Howard Cox.

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‘Questions over potential tax hikes dominate reaction to Labour manifesto’

‘Questions over potential tax hikes dominate reaction to Labour manifesto’

Political editor Paul Francis gives his analysis of Labour’s general election manifesto, which he says was more cautious than groundbreaking.

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Couple’s joy as cat microchip idea becomes law

Couple’s joy as cat microchip idea becomes law

A Kent-based animal charity which came up with the idea behind new cat microchipping laws say it will make a huge difference to pet owners.

‘Tory manifesto reflects party’s dilemma of pitching to two audiences’

‘Tory manifesto reflects party’s dilemma of pitching to two audiences’

Political editor Paul Francis says the Conservative manifesto had a sense of déjà vu, notably on pledges focussed on immigration and asylum-seekers.

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Labour council accused of ‘treachery’ over controversial docks decision

Labour council accused of ‘treachery’ over controversial docks decision

A ruling party has been accused of reneging on promises made before being elected after plans to redevelop working docks were given the green light.

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122 candidates in Kent vying for your votes on July 4

122 candidates in Kent vying for your votes on July 4

The names of 122 candidates will be on ballot papers across Kent when the county goes to the polls at next month’s general election.

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The Ashford constituency and the candidates standing

The Ashford constituency and the candidates standing

We profile the Ashford constituency and the candidates vying for your vote on July 4.

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The Canterbury constituency and the candidates standing

The Canterbury constituency and the candidates standing

We profile the Canterbury constituency and the candidates vying for your vote on July 4.

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The Chatham and Aylesford constituency and the candidates standing

The Chatham and Aylesford constituency and the candidates standing

We profile the Chatham and Aylesford constituency and the candidates vying for your vote on July 4.

The Dartford constituency and the candidates standing

The Dartford constituency and the candidates standing

We profile the Dartford constituency and the candidates vying for your vote on July 4.

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The Dover and Deal constituency and the candidates standing

The Dover and Deal constituency and the candidates standing

We profile the Dover and Deal constituency and the candidates vying for your vote on July 4.

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The East Thanet constituency and the candidates standing

The East Thanet constituency and the candidates standing

The East Thanet constituency and the candidates vying for your vote on July 4.

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The Faversham and Mid Kent constituency and the candidates standing

The Faversham and Mid Kent constituency and the candidates standing

We profile the Faversham and Mid Kent constituency and the candidates vying for your vote on July 4.

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