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Election comes down to who people want to run the country

As this will be the last Gale’s View before parliament dissolves on March 30 and we go into candidate-mode for the general election on May 7, this seems the right moment to pause before, I hope, normal service will be resumed. The economy is now out of intensive care and well on the road to full recovery. While healthcare and …

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Government proposal to extend Discovery Park Enterprise Zone to…

Comments (0) THE government has outlined plans to add Manston airport and Betteshanger to the Discovery Park Enterprise Zone. The status was granted to the then-Pfizer site in August 2011 after the pharmaceutical giant pulled most of its business out of Sandwich. The status, which gives five years of tax breaks potentially worth £21.4 million, access to simplified planning rules and …

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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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PM has nothing to fear from TV debates

Gale’s View by your MP Sir Roger Gale Those of us, on both sides of the House of Commons, who have a ringside seat for Prime Minister’s Questions are, I think, agreed that during the past 12 months there have been occasions when, had the contest across the despatch box been a boxing bout, the referee would have stopped the …

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Transport Minister John Hayes visits isle for Manston airport…

Transport Minister John Hayes (right) with Tory South Thanet PPC Craig Mackinlay at Manston Comments (0) TRANSPORT Minister John Hayes visited Thanet today to discuss the future of the Manston airport site. Mr Hayes held what he described as a: “very positive” meeting with Thanet council leader Iris Johnston and acting chief executive Madeline Homer this morning (Thursday). The minister revealed the …

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East Kent Hospital Trust’s chief executive Chris Bown’s £294,000 salary for a four-day week to pull hospitals out of special measures

The beleaguered Kent and Canterbury Hospital’s new interim chief executive will earn a jaw-dropping £294,000 for a year’s work – despite only working a four-day week. Chris Bown’s astonishing pay packet – more than double the Prime Minister’s salary – has been branded “disgraceful” by a nursing union. Mr Bown will become the highest paid public servant in Canterbury, earning …

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Poor left behind, archbishops warn

In separate essays, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York make the case for the living wage The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have called for a rethink of the way poverty is addressed in the UK. Wider uptake of the living wage would combat “the anxiety of bare subsistence”, according to the two most senior figures in the Church of …

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Manston should be expanded, not shut

THROUGH the medium of this paper, you can let Cllr Peter Vickery hyphen Jones know that I am a DFL and no one has shouted louder for the expansion of Manston than me (Your views, March 27). I have written to the Transport Minister and our local MP Sir Roger Gale and even to the Prime Minister. Manston needs to …

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Councils will not be bribed into fracking

THE Government is looking increasingly desperate in its attempts to impose fracking on a population that’s saying no. Less than a quarter of us now support fracking in Britain and even the Chancellor himself admits it would have a minimal effect on energy bills. Yet the Prime Minister is trying to bribe local councils to allow fracking, by offering financial …

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