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Just who are you calling a bit woolly on policies?

An avid knitter from Deal has recreated the faces of the Dover and Deal Parliamentary candidates. Pat Wilson, 57, of Griffin Street, knitted Conservative candidate Charlie Elphicke and Labour candidate Clair Hawkins after receiving leaflets through her door. Mrs Wilson creates knitted characters for a variety of events and presents them in the window of her home and tweets them …

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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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Clegg’s in Kent, complete with dancers

Off the Record Behind the scenes with political editor Paul Francis, Regional Press Awards weekly newspaper journalist of the year • As if Ukip didn’t already have problems with some of its candidates, the expulsion of would-be Folkestone and Hythe MP Janice Atkinson over her expenses was a new nadir. But you can’t say the party didn’t act quickly. The …

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Impressed by Ukip leader

Having met Nigel Farage at the Herne Bay Ukip office on February 16, I have to say that I liked the man (‘Farage: We can take Herne Bay’, Herne Bay Gazette, February 19). Some people have said to me: “Of course he was nice to you: he wants your vote.” However, that is not the impression I got. I have …

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Campaign to keep OAP bus travel free

I AM writing to invite the Times readers to back the Love the Bus Pass petition, which is supported by tens of thousands of people, hundreds of local groups, and the National Pensioners’ Convention. Strictly non-partisan, the campaign aims to get all parties to pledge before the general election on May 7 that, if elected to power, they will retain …

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Ideology to get us out of our cars

A reader recently suggested the council was selling off car parks for financial gain. While there might be some truth in this, the real incentive is ideology! That ideology is about getting people “out of their cars” and onto public transport or cycling and walking. Which basically means the council along with Conservative national policy have adopted the Green Party …

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UKIP’s party time as Lib Dems and Tories share blame

UKIP polled more than a third of the votes in the district as the party enjoyed a thumping European election success. The party picked up 13,459 of the 39,153 votes cast in Canterbury – almost 2,500 move than the Conservatives in second. Labour polled third with 6,012, the Green Party fourth with 4,794 and the Liberal Democrats trailed fifth with …

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Public have a right to EU referendum

YOUR letter from the Liberal Democrat MEP Antony Hooks stated that Ukip would take the country out of the European Union. What he omits to say of course is that Ukip would not do this without the permission of the British people, and we have a fundamental right to a national referendum. This right is denied to the British people …

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Doing battle with a naked Emperor

Medway Council are ready for battle. CPRE Protect Kent are ready to grab the opportunity to point out that the Emperors of Aviation are naked, and (quite brilliantly) want to inject a little democracy into the process. Best of luck guys.


Cllr Rodney ChambersA fierce opponent of a Thames Estuary airport has vowed to fight all the way to the top as controversial plans take a step forward. Medway Council leader Cllr Rodney Chambers wants to work with the Towns' MPs to secure a crisis meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron or Chancellor George Osborne. Mr Cameron was set to announce preliminary backing for a huge airport potentially off the Kent coast - which would dwarf the size of Heathrow - earlier this month, according to a national newspaper.

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Cameron shoots everybody in the foot, himself first

How NOT to make a decision on Boris Island

There is a right way and a wrong way to make decisions on airports. The right way:

  • Set out the need for the development and options in a draft aviation NPS;
  • Carry out an SEA and consultation;
  • Choose an option and put the NPS to parliament;
  • Minister makes final decision.

  • Cameron has shown that he is is own worst enemy when it comes to major policy decisions. The rules aren't that complicated - they can be written on the back of an envelope.

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