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Election hustings at church

A chance to grill election candidates from five major parties will be held at Christ Church on Monday. The debate has been organised by the Rev Anthony Everett, with questions submitted by audience members for discussion. The Conservatives, Greens, Labour, Liberal Democrats and Ukip will all be attending to answer your questions. Doors open at 7pm, for more information about …

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Albion Rovers, and why I fell out with Cameron

There are now just two weeks until the general election, and political parties have began to unveil their manifestos for how they believe the country should be governed. This week, Ukip’s challenger Piers Wauchope met reporter Aidan Barlow outside the party’s campaign office in Mortimer Street in Herne Bay ABOUT THE CANDIDATE Piers Wauchope is 58 and a barrister. He …

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Major themes of manifestoes

With just two weeks to go until polling day, Alex Claridge looks at the manifestos of those standing and examine five key pledges of each. Major themes running through them are tackling congestion and pollution, altering the way the council works and protecting open spaces. Outside the five main parties, we also include the pledges of Labour-turned-independent councillor John Wratten …

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Social media proves to be election battlefield

SOCIAL media will play a greater role in the build-up to next month’s General Election than ever before. Such has been the growth in the importance of Facebook and Twitter across society that politicians will ignore them at their peril. It is said that the election of 2010 was the first in which the use of social media had a …

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The coronation of Herne Bay’s 77th carnival court

Queen Alice and her two princesses look forward to a busy year HERNE Bay has a new carnival court. More than 200 people were at The King’s Hall on Easter Saturday to see the coronation of 18-year-old Alice Upton as this year’s Miss Herne Bay. Her princesses are Kelly Roy, 16, and Emma Hudson, 15. They were crowned after a …

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Ukip leader Nigel Farage attacks rivals over Manston Airport interest

Ukip leader Nigel Farage says his party should take the credit for forcing election rivals to take seriously the future of Manston. The fate of the airport has taken centre stage in the election battle for South Thanet with Ukip holding a rally at Margate’s Winter Gardens yesterday to demonstrate its support to re-open it. The rally, attended by about …

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Manston airport: owners consider reporting Tories to Electoral…

Site owners are taking legal advice on today’s announcement by the Conservatives Comments (1) THE owners of the Manston airport site are considering whether to make a formal complaint to the Electoral Commission about an announcement made by the Conservatives earlier today. Transport minister John Hayes announced today he was “satisfied” by the indemnity offered by RiverOak, to protect the council …

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Pragmatic politician’s continuing journey to make a difference

As the election campaign begins to heat up the Gazette is continuing a series of interviews with the main candidates vying to be Herne Bay’s next MP. This week our reporter Aidan Barlow went to Sandwich to meet George Cunningham, the candidate for the Liberal Democrats ABOUT THE CANDIDATE George Cunningham is 59 years old and is originally from London. …

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SuMA ‘shocked’ by KCC Manston airport report

Campaigners lobbying to reopen the airport have criticised KCC’s report Comments (0) THE Supporters of Manston Airport campaign group (SuMA) has said it is “shocked, but not surprised” by the Kent County Council report , which claimed it was time for a “Plan B” for the site. In a 15-page “position statement” released on Monday, the county council said it had …

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Former youth commissioner Kerry Boyd to stand in local elections

Comments (0) FORMER youth commissioner Kerry Boyd has been selected by the Conservatives to stand for Westgate in the forthcoming local elections. The post was created by Kent Police crime commissioner Ann Barnes in a bid to improve relationships and understanding between young people and the police. Miss Boyd was suspended from public duties last June after tabloid allegations of her …

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