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‘Is ban on rainbow lanyards really the most pressing issue for government?’

‘Is ban on rainbow lanyards really the most pressing issue for government?’

As the country grapples with a cost-of-living crisis, recession and NHS delays, the ‘minister for common sense’ has been busy… banning lanyards.

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'How's the UK faring post-Brexit? Just look at political shenanigans over new border checks'

'How's the UK faring post-Brexit? Just look at political shenanigans over new border checks'

The “perplexing” decision to carry out border checks 22 miles inland has caused much political wrangling, writes columnist Paul Francis…

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‘When will Rishi call a general election? The timing could make all the difference’

‘When will Rishi call a general election? The timing could make all the difference’

With a general election looming this year, political editor Paul Francis explores the potential impact of its timing on the Conservatives’ chances.

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'Crime commissioner role remains frustratingly difficult to explain to voters’

'Crime commissioner role remains frustratingly difficult to explain to voters’

Political editor Paul Francis explores the often misunderstood role of police and crime commissioners ahead of the looming elections.

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‘Lib Dems appear to be making a comeback – but why not in Kent?’

‘Lib Dems appear to be making a comeback – but why not in Kent?’

The Lib Dems seem to be having a problem gaining traction in Kent - and political editor Paul Francis thinks it could be all down to Labour...

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Plans for site dubbed ‘asylum prison’ ditched by government

Plans for site dubbed ‘asylum prison’ ditched by government

Home Office proposals to construct an Immigration Removal Centre – dubbed “asylum prisons” – in Kent have been scrapped, in a move welcomed by an MP.

Kent Politics Podcast: wine wars, job losses and immigration

Kent Politics Podcast: wine wars, job losses and immigration

Hundreds of potential job losses at KCC, wine wars and a visiting top Tory form part of the discussion in this week’s Kent Politics Podcast.

‘Cash-strapped council putting road repairs on hold will only add to backlog’

‘Cash-strapped council putting road repairs on hold will only add to backlog’

All but the most urgent road repair schemes in Kent are to be suspended amid KCC’s cash crisis – but Paul Francis says it will lead to more problems.

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New podcast will bring latest political news and analysis from across Kent

New podcast will bring latest political news and analysis from across Kent

KentOnline today launches a brand new podcast aimed at bringing the latest political news to listeners across Kent.

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‘Farage could return’ as party’s support surges in Kent

‘Farage could return’ as party’s support surges in Kent

Polls show the Reform Party is growing in support in most Kent seats – and its leader says: “People are not laughing at us now.”

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Kent Tories among MPs to rebel against PM over Rwanda bill

Kent Tories among MPs to rebel against PM over Rwanda bill

The Prime Minister’s job could be on the line after a backbench revolt on Rwanda, with three Kent MPs among those to rebel against the government.

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‘Could Labour see a 1997-style landslide? Poll shows Sunak should be worried’

‘Could Labour see a 1997-style landslide? Poll shows Sunak should be worried’

Rishi Sunak will have to pull out all the stops to avoid a battering at the election if the latest polls are anything to go by, writes Paul Francis.

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Kent’s political winners and losers of 2023

Kent’s political winners and losers of 2023

With the Tories in turmoil and Labour on the charge, we look back at the biggest political stories of the year.

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‘Challenging week will be ultimate test of PM’s resilience’

‘Challenging week will be ultimate test of PM’s resilience’

Rishi Sunak faces a tough week, with division over his controversial Rwanda plan coinciding with questions over his pandemic Eat Out initiative.

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Is it time to find another way, Prime Minister?

Is it time to find another way, Prime Minister?

A Kent MP says it’s time to find another solution to deal with asylum seekers after the Rwanda deal was ruled unlawful by Supreme Court judges.

Starmer sketches out his route to victory but is he winning over support in Kent?

Starmer sketches out his route to victory but is he winning over support in Kent?

The Labour leader laid down his vision at conference today having been disrupted by a protestor.

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Rishi scraps HS2 to save £36bn – but will Kent benefit?

Rishi scraps HS2 to save £36bn – but will Kent benefit?

KentOnline political editor Paul Francis has given his verdict on the Prime Minister’s Conservative Party conference speech.

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‘PM risks a red wall in Kent if issues like migration and traffic aren’t tackled’

‘PM risks a red wall in Kent if issues like migration and traffic aren’t tackled’

The Tories must get a grip of the county’s most important issues to ensure its ‘safe’ Kent seats remain so, writes political editor Paul Francis.

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'PM’s decision to delay petrol car ban didn’t have desired effect’

'PM’s decision to delay petrol car ban didn’t have desired effect’

The PM probably expected a better reaction to delaying net zero targets, but Paul Francis says voters can be unforgiving over U-turns on key policies.

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‘Labour not shying away from migration debate in latest bid to take power’

‘Labour not shying away from migration debate in latest bid to take power’

It’s a topic that often divides voters, but Sir Keir Starmer wasn’t afraid to set out his party’s stance on immigration, writes Paul Francis.

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‘Council on brink of bankruptcy should be shouting from rooftops about its plight’

‘Council on brink of bankruptcy should be shouting from rooftops about its plight’

As Birmingham County Council declares bankruptcy, political editor Paul Francis questions why KCC has gone quiet on its own well-documented struggles.

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‘Concrete crisis highlights lack of transparency with academies’

‘Concrete crisis highlights lack of transparency with academies’

The crisis surrounding concrete used in school buildings has highlighted another issue within our education system, according to our political editor.

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‘Lack of funding for grassroots football is open goal for government’s opponents’

‘Lack of funding for grassroots football is open goal for government’s opponents’

England’s Lionesses have inspired a generation of youngsters – but political editor Paul Francis asks if dwindling facilities can cope with demand.

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‘Government’s so-called small boats week unravelled spectacularly with deaths and grim milestone’

‘Government’s so-called small boats week unravelled spectacularly with deaths and grim milestone’

A showcase of how the government is tackling the small boats crisis coincided with record crossings and tragedy in the Channel, writes Paul Francis.

'Immigration policy shows government is doing something - but highlights how long it's taken'

'Immigration policy shows government is doing something - but highlights how long it's taken'

While the summer recess is usually downtime for politicians, the Conservatives are busy showcasing their immigration pledges, writes Paul Francis…

‘PM reinventing himself as friend of the motorist is clumsy u-turn to drive votes’

‘PM reinventing himself as friend of the motorist is clumsy u-turn to drive votes’

Rishi Sunak has declared himself an ally of the motorist in a clumsy policy u-turn to help drive votes, writes political editor Paul Francis.

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