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Blue ice cream and a cat called Boris Johnson

Off the Record Behind the scenes at County Hall with political editor Paul Francis, Regional Press Awards UK’s weekly newspaper journalist of the year • It has been a rather lacklustre election campaign to date, so it was left to the blond mop head Boris Johnson to sprinkle a little political stardust on a trip to Kent this week. The …

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Off the record

Behind the scenes at County Hall with political editor Paul Francis, Regional Press Awards UK’s weekly newspaper journalist of the year • THERE is much excitement among Lib Dems about their prospects in Canterbury in the election after the Daily Telegraph, no less, described it as marginal and that the party was best placed to be the main challenger to …

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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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Switch-off fiasco likely to cast a long shadow

Off the Record Behind the scenes at County Hall with political editor Paul Francis, Regional Press Awards UK’s weekly newspaper journalist of the year • So, why did the politician who was in charge of the streetlight switch-off quit his job? Speculation is rife at County Hall, with some mischievously suggesting that Cllr David Brazier decided it was probably better …

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Nigel will have to make plans after TV debacle

Off the Record Behind the scenes at County Hall with political editor Paul Francis, Regional Press Awards UK’s weekly newspaper journalist of the year • The timing could not have been worse, of course, and there is no doubt Ukip has taken a bashing after the Channel 4 broadcast of the fly-on-the-wall documentary Meet The Ukippers. But there may be …

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Rumsfeld made unknowing sense

I am surprised your political editor Paul Francis only supplied the last part of Donald Rumsfeld’s famous quote on what we know or don’t know (‘In the dark over cost of lighting’, Off The Record, Letters and Opinion, Heme Bay Gazette, February 19). Read in its entirety this quote makes perfect sense, even if the wording does not have the …

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County Hall U-turns an enlightening experience

Off the Record Behind the scenes at County Hall with political editor Paul Francis, Regional Press Awards UK’s weekly newspaper journalist of the year • If you can hear the sound of car gears crashing around County Hall, it is probably connected to the latest policy U-turn. After a reversal on plans to axe the number of community wardens comes …

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Future of Manston Airport in Ramsgate to be discussed at Westminster today

The future of Manston Airport will be under the spotlight at Westminster today when MPs take evidence from both its new owners and those who want it to be kept open. Members of the transport select committee will also hear from the leader of Thanet council Iris Johnston and Kent County Council leader Cllr Paul Carter. MP Sir Roger Gale, Thanet …

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Off the Record

Behind the scenes at County Hall with political editor Paul Francis, Regional Press Awards UK’s weekly newspaper journalist of the year • With another year of public sector austerity on the cards, Kent County Council has announced a consultation handing over its 99 libraries to a charitable trust. This represents a major change from two years ago, when the ruling …

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No power for new commissioner vote

Off the Record Behind the scenes at County Hall with political editor Paul Francis, Regional Press Awards UK’s weekly newspaper journalist of the year Even when she is on holiday and out of the country, it seems Kent police commissioner Ann Barnes cannot evade the headlines. Prime Minister David Cameron said in a BBC Radio Kent interview he felt the …

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