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Council chiefs clash with government over schools

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 • Just who should be keeping an eye on Kent’s academy and free schools? It isn’t local education authorities – much to their dismay. Now council chiefs from across the country say they should have the …

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EU has been great for workers’ rights

WHEN I hear ordinary people say they support Ukip or promote one-man band Farage, when it is clear they do not understand what Ukip stands for, it makes me sad. The so-called “burden” of the EU, a major myth they peddle, is the human rights legislation which has provided better conditions and legal protection in the working lives of people, …

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Picking up the pieces of commissioner’s calamity

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 • Kent crime commissioner Ann Barnes has probably done more to disprove the idea that there is no such thing as bad publicity but things could have been a lot worse. Before appearing before members of …

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Don’t tell us not to think for ourselves

The letter from Anne Belworthy published last week appeared to criticise the people from this area who voted for UKIP or the Tories (Don’t Overlook Benefits Of EU, Letters and Opinion, Herne Bay Gazette, June 5). She lists her view of the advantages of the Human Rights Act, but did not point out the many disadvantages. The latest shows that …

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herne bay gossip

by Baywatcher MORE feathers than usual were ruffled at the last meeting of Herne Bay Area Members Panel. In fact, it might even be said that councillors got into a bit of a flap. But why? Was It the debate on dog poo, or the news that the town twinning association is to become more than just a vehicle for …

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Ukip voices concern of ordinary people

THE people of Canterbury, Whitstable, Herne Bay and the villages have spoken. They have chosen the Ukip in the European elections, beating the second placed Conservatives by over 3,000 votes in the Canterbury district area. In every area, Canterbury, Whitstable, Herne Bay and the villages, it appears the UK Independence Party may have come first. Rich or poor, employee or …

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UKIP’s party time as Lib Dems and Tories share blame

UKIP polled more than a third of the votes in the district as the party enjoyed a thumping European election success. The party picked up 13,459 of the 39,153 votes cast in Canterbury – almost 2,500 move than the Conservatives in second. Labour polled third with 6,012, the Green Party fourth with 4,794 and the Liberal Democrats trailed fifth with …

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A lovely English scene, with no Danish message

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, how did UKIP leader Nigel Farage relax before the drama of the European election count on Sunday? He went and watched Kent playing Worcester at the Tunbridge Wells cricket festival, of course. “Lunch was …

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Council ‘mafia’ row as Ukip slam leader

County councillors speak out after forum ‘ban’ UKIP councillors blasted the leader of Canterbury City Council as “a consultant to the mafia” after a row over meetings. County councillors Brian MacDowall and Nick Bond spoke out at a meeting of Herne Bay Area Member Panel last week after learning they were no longer to be part of the committee. Decision …

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Compulsory purchase order option for airport

A REPORT has been ordered into the possibility of a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) for Manston airport. Thanet council will examine the option “to determine whether CPO would be a viable consideration, given the extensive costs and liabilities this would involve,” said a spokesman. Herne Bay MP Sir Roger Gale wants the CPO. He said: “We have to dispel the …

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