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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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Ukip manifesto pledge to re-open Manston

Ukip will spell out a specific commitment to re-open Manston Airport when it launches its election manifesto tomorrow. The party manifesto will make an explicit reference to Manston, saying that it is ideally placed to address the lack of airport capacity in the south east. Party sources say they want to send a signal that it strongly supports Manston, which …

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Green’s petition is not nothing new

WHILE Alex Stevens, Michelle Freeman and Stuart Jeffery of the Green Party have invited residents of Gorrell, Seasalter and Tankerton wards to sign their petition calling for a town council in Whitstable they might be interested to know that there has been a petition in circulation on this issue for some considerable time and it can be found at www.ipetitions.com/petition/whitstable-town-council …

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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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Nobody can go on forever

Peter Lee has served with distinction as an elected councillor, leading the town’s regeneration efforts and keeping the district’s finances in the black. Here the 63-year-old Tory talks about stepping down to enjoy the finer things in life. How did you first get involved in local politics? I’ve lived in Herne Bay since I was two. I was chairman of …

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No real appetite for hard-right populism

Gale’s view by your MP Roger Gale In a recent article, which I correctly anticipated would be taken out of context and unsubtly edited by political opponents, I said: “Let me be crystal clear I do not wish to be re-elected with the support of anyone who espouses the views expressed in the minutes following the murder of those working …

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Leader joins call to ease the cuts and devolve the power

Canterbury City Council leader John Gilbey has signed a letter to the coalition government calling on it to devolve greater powers to local authorities and urging fewer spending cuts. The Tory was one of 119 local authority leaders who signed the Local Government Association’s missive to Chancellor George Osborne as he prepared to publish his Autumn Statement yesterday (Wednesday). It …

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Fight to improve lives of the poor

The findings of the district manager of the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), that Heron ward in Herne Bay has the highest level of deprivation and poverty in the district does not come as a surprise to people who were aware many years ago of the high level of families living in poor private accommodation within the town, the low level …

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Leader’s unpaid tax bill dispute

Council ‘wrong’ to offer part payment A LEADING Tory has criticised a decision by Canterbury City Council to pay part of leader John Gilbey’s tax bill as “illogical”. Councillor Simon Cook spoke out at a meeting of the council’s scrutiny and audit committee after calling in the issue of the tax that should have been paid on some of Cllr …

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Towers failure is my big regret

Retiring city council leader John Gilbey has admitted the failed Westgate Towers Traffic trial is his biggest regret. The Tory chief, who has announced he will not be standlog for re-election next May. still believes the scheme could have helped reduce congestion and air pollution. But he says the “wrangling” over the controversial trial thwarted any chance of its success. …

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