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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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Ukip manifesto pledge to re-open Manston

Ukip will spell out a specific commitment to re-open Manston Airport when it launches its election manifesto tomorrow. The party manifesto will make an explicit reference to Manston, saying that it is ideally placed to address the lack of airport capacity in the south east. Party sources say they want to send a signal that it strongly supports Manston, which …

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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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Airport site plans are simply fantasy

I see that Phil Rose is still living in his misguided, ill-informed world regarding the future of Manston Airport (Use Manston Airport Site For Housing And Industry, Herne Bay Gazette, April 2). The only logical way forward is to allow development as an airport. It was once a successful airport when passenger flights operated to important destinations and flourished as …

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Use Manston Airport site for housing and industry

No Night Flights campaigner welcomes KCC report Campaigners against night flights have welcomed a Kent County Council report into the future of the Manston Airport site. Phil Rose was a co-founder of the No Night Flights group in 2009 to oppose aircraft disrupting sleep for residents from Herne Bay across to Ramsgate. At the time the possibility of Manston becoming …

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Rally brings renewed hope in fight for historic airport

A piece of my mind Julie Wassmer, TV writer, author and local campaigner Transport Minister at anniversary turn out ON MARCH 19, I joined a rally to mark the anniversary of the announcement of Manston Airport’s closure. Organisers had asked that we bring along “whistles, flags, everything you have” so that Ann Gloag could “hear us from Scotland”.  It was …

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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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KCC statement calls for Manston airport ‘Plan B’

The county council says airport operators have lost a total of £100million in the past 16 years Comments (6) KENT County Council defended its position on the future of Manston airport, suggesting it is now time to look at a “Plan B” for the site. In a 15-page “position statement” released yesterday (Monday), the county council said it had given airport …

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PwC appointed to review decisions made on Manston airport

The airport has been closed since May last year Comments (1) PwC HAS been appointed to review the decisions taken so far on the future of Manston Airport. The Department for Transport made the decision to appoint an independent consultant after Thanet council concluded it could not find a suitable indemnity partner for a compulsory purchase of the site. PwC will …

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MPs want airport deal out in open

Manston Airport closed last May with the loss of 150 jobs The former owner of Manston Airport has been told by MPs to put her deal with the new owners into the public domain to counter claims of asset stripping. The Kent airport closed last May, seven months after being bought by Ann Gloag, co-founder of the Stagecoach Group. She …

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