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‘We must think creatively’: Greens select candidate for general election

‘We must think creatively’: Greens select candidate for general election

The Green Party has selected a parliamentary candidate who has vowed to fight for ‘creative solutions’ to give residents better chances if elected.

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'Council sleepwalking into loss of jobs and investment over docks', says MP

'Council sleepwalking into loss of jobs and investment over docks', says MP

The future of docks at the centre of controversial redevelopment plans was discussed in Parliament after being put forward for debate by an MP.

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Green Party selects general election candidate

Green Party selects general election candidate

Addressing climate change and inequality are among the priorities of a Green Party member who will be vying for votes at the next general election.

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‘No conspiracy why I decided to quit politics…’

‘No conspiracy why I decided to quit politics…’

One of the county's most prominent MPs has revealed the reasons behind her decision to leave politics after 14 years in Westminster.

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Long-standing MP won’t run at general election

Long-standing MP won’t run at general election

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

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

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

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

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’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...’

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

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...’

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

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

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

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

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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MP calls for answers over six-year wait for missing GP surgery

MP calls for answers over six-year wait for missing GP surgery

An MP has urged a developer to deliver on its promise to build a medical centre after overcrowded GPs were forced to close their patient list.

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'Suicide prevention needs to be taught in schools'

'Suicide prevention needs to be taught in schools'

The bereaved parent of a teenager who took his own life has backed calls for suicide prevention to become a mandatory part of the school curriculum.

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Tory MP picked to fight next election

Tory MP picked to fight next election

Another Kent MP has been given the green light to fight for re-election after a selection process.

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MP weds her long-term partner

MP weds her long-term partner

MP Tracey Crouch and her radio presenter partner have married on Valentine's Day.

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Eastenders star reopens popular cafe

Eastenders star reopens popular cafe

Actor Ricky Groves, who played Garry Hobbes in the BBC soap, popped in for a cuppa and a natter with the town's MP as part of the cafe's reopening.

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MPs extra earnings revealed

MPs extra earnings revealed

The amount of money Kent politicians receive on top of their £84,000 salary has been revealed following months of research.

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Roadworks nightmare to continue until January

Roadworks nightmare to continue until January

An MP has warned motorists over traffic delays caused by gas repairs along a busy stretch of road.

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MP slams 'bizarre' decision to hold Hoo consultation at opposite end of borough

MP slams 'bizarre' decision to hold Hoo consultation at opposite end of borough

A council has angered residents by deciding to hold consultation events on new homes and services for the Hoo peninsula six miles away.

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Kent MPs rebel against government amid chaotic voting scenes

Kent MPs rebel against government amid chaotic voting scenes

Two Kent MPs have rebelled against the government in a vital vote, amid reports of chaotic scenes in the voting lobby.

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MP asks government to intervene over homes plan

MP asks government to intervene over homes plan

A politician has requested a proposal for 250 homes - some on playing fields - is called in, while protesters threaten legal action.

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Kent MP becomes deputy chief whip

Kent MP becomes deputy chief whip

A Kent MPs has landed a new role in the government as deputy chief whip, after he colleague quit the role.

PM warned of docks closure due to 'unrealistic housing targets'

PM warned of docks closure due to 'unrealistic housing targets'

A Kent MP has called for the Prime Minister to review 'unrealistic housing targets' threatening the closure of docks where jobs are at risk.

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MP's fears over level of abuse

MP's fears over level of abuse

A MP from the county says she and colleagues face vile abuse from members of the public who see them as "fair game" for vitriol.

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MP given the 'all clear' from breast cancer

MP given the 'all clear' from breast cancer

An MP has announced she feels as 'fit as a fiddle' after fighting off breast cancer.

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MP hits out at hospital inspection team

MP hits out at hospital inspection team

An MP says a damning inspection of a hospital A&E is not a true reflection after blasting the timing of the visit at the peak of the pandemic.

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Meeting held over dangerous road

Meeting held over dangerous road

An MP has met with council officers to discuss what can be done about the main route onto the Hoo Peninsula.

Amazon slammed over HGV parking problems

Amazon slammed over HGV parking problems

A government minister says she is "losing patience" with shopping giant Amazon's failure to deal with nuisance lorries at one of its Kent warehouses.

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Kent MP gets new role

Kent MP gets new role

An MP in the county has been given a new role by the Prime Minister.

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Kent MP caught discussing fellow MPs 'wig'

Kent MP caught discussing fellow MPs 'wig'

A Kent MP has been caught speculating over her honourable friend's 'wig'.

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