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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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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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Labour are in the contest as well

I notice that in your recent article on the election contest in St Stephens, you say it is a straight contest between Lib Dems and Tories, and make no mention of the Labour Party candidates. You take no account of the hustings which took place at St Stephen’s Hall on April 13.  I was at this meeting and was impressed …

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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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Things have changed since they became MPs

What happened after our two Tories entered Parliament THE world today is a very different place to when our MPs first took office, back in the Thatcher-dominated era of the 1980s. Canterbury and Whitstable’s MP Julian Brazier joined the parliamentary ranks in 1987, while Sir Roger Gale has been representative for Thanet North since the constituency’s creation in 1983. Together …

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Changing of the guard at city council

One of the most striking aspects of the ballot papers for the Canterbury City Council election is the failure of Ukip and the Lib Dems to fill their quota of candidates. The Lib Dems are fighting all the wards in Canterbury, Whitstable and the rural areas, but are only putting up three candidates in Herne Bay – seven fewer than …

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Sir Roger has high hopes for Conservative majority

With just three weeks until polling day, candidates will be working hard to try to secure your vote on May 7. This week Conservative incumbent Sir Roger Gale met reporter Aidan Barlow at the Central Bandstand in Herne Bay to discuss the issues at stake in this election. ABOUT THE CANDIDATE Sir Roger Gale has been the Member of Parliament …

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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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Transport minster says hopes of reopening Manston airport given…

The airport has been closed since May last year Comments (0) TRANSPORT minister John Hayes claimed today the Conservatives had delivered a “double boost” to the campaign to reopen Manston airport. Mr Hayes announced this afternoon (Thursday) RiverOak, the firm interested in reopening the Manston, would pay money into an account for use in the process of a compulsory purchase. RiverOak …

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Airport ‘reopening plan’ backed

2 April 2015 From the section Kent The Conservatives said their plan to save Manston was “thought through and viable” The transport secretary has given his support to campaigners and local politicians fighting to save Kent’s Manston Airport. Patrick McLoughlin has backed a five-point plan from Thanet Conservative candidates to halt its redevelopment. UKIP said it wanted a viable airport …

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