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Pat’s woolly party candidates have Ukip leader in stitches

UKIP supporters say leader Nigel Farage won’t pull the wool over your eyes – but that pearl of wisdom hasn’t stopped one nan from knitting a mini version of the politician. Pat Wilson has created a knitted Nigel, and also a woolly Cameron, Clegg, Miliband, Natalie Bennett and other candidate figures, in the run-up to the General Election. The talented …

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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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Council sticking to its 780-homes-a-year plan

Bosses insist figure is correct, despite opposition A MINIMUM of 780 houses a year will be built across the Canterbury district to meet demand, council bosses say. The city council wants to press ahead with its major housing development plans despite a petition against them. In February Jim Gascoyne, the Ukip candidate for the Canterbury seat in the General Election, …

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General Election 2015: How can you register to vote before…

The deadline to make sure you can vote in next month’s General Election is midnight tonight (Monday). You need to register with your local authority in order to attend the polls on May 7 and have your say in who runs the country. Registering can be done online at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote where you can update your details on the electoral register. You …

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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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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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Question Time-style debate gets politicians thinking

ALL five candidates standing in Faversham and Mid-Kent at the General Election have appeared at a Question Time-style event. The evening was held by Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School and offered an opportunity for students and members of the public to ask the candidates questions. After more than an hour of discussing national and general issues there was time for two …

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The top 7 priorities facing our next MP from 2015

THE campaigning for the General Election only started this week, but some people in Canterbury are already looking ahead. TIM BATES looks at the biggest issues that will face Canterbury and Whitstable’s new MP… 1. Housing While Canterbury’s Local Plan has been put together by the city council, rather than an MP, its unpopular plan to build thousands of new …

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Time for us all to be registered

Council runs drop-in sessions to encourage people to vote WITH less than six weeks to register to vote in this year’s General Election, Canterbury City Council has announced a series of drop-in sessions to help get as many people as possible to the polls on May. People have until Monday, April 20, to register to vote in the election. The …

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