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‘Most extraordinary result seen in British politics for 100 years’

Ukip storms to victory in European elections UKIP has taken the lion’s share of the vote in the’tanterbury and Swale districts for the European elections. Polls closed on Thursday evening and the count for Canterbury took place at the Kings Hall in Herne Bay on Sunday. Nigel Farage’s party, which already has two members on Canterbury City Council and 17 …

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Tories criticised over decision to bar UKIP from town meetings

Furious UKIP councillors have accused top Tories of undermining local democracy after plans emerged to axe them from meetings about Herne Bay. County councillors Brian MacDowall and Nick Bond (UKIP) have hit out after it was announced they will no longer be able to sit in on Herne Bay area panel meetings with their city council counterparts. And they believe …

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Democracy taken a bit of a hammering

We learned this week about the city council’s plans to stop county councillors from sitting on the Herne Bay Area Member Panel. The leadership of the council maintains that it will save costs and time for their officers, and that it’s unfair for county members to be voting on city affairs. Nevertheless, issues such as the Sea Street roadworks, which …

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Immigration is not our main problem

IN YOUR April 24 edition, you published the EU manifestos for all the political parties, and I am writing to challenge statements made by the Ukip candidate, particularly concerning immigration. Ukip claim that this country has seen more than 4 million immigrants over the last decade. While the 2011 census did show that there was a large increase in the …

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Ed’s fascinated by boilers

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 is one of the challenges for politicians on the campaign trail. No, not being egged or punched in the face, but taking an interest in a myriad subjects they have no real knowledge about. …

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Left in the dark by jigsaw jargon and an old Roman

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 • With Kent County Council energetically ploughing ahead with its “transformation project” in which dozens of services are to be outsourced or privatised, there has been a fair amount of laboured jargon to get past. John …

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Public have a right to EU referendum

YOUR letter from the Liberal Democrat MEP Antony Hooks stated that Ukip would take the country out of the European Union. What he omits to say of course is that Ukip would not do this without the permission of the British people, and we have a fundamental right to a national referendum. This right is denied to the British people …

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Manston, elections, and money

Dennis Franklin is a regular contributor to the IoT Gazette letters page, and sent us this letter to publish in full, just in case the Gazette doesn’t… I know what follows is lengthy, but I am trying to make some important points about Manston, forthcoming elections, and the use of public money. Also, I feel there have been more pro …

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A choice between the ins and the outs

JOBS are a central issue as we choose our MEPs on May 22. People may find the views of major employers persuasive. Business is overwhelmingly agreeing with Liberal Democrats that we need to be in Europe. Just this week the EEF, representing UK manufacturers, said being in Europe is vital. Almost 90 per cent of their members (employing a huge …

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Tackling overpayments to staff is a robust policy

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 County Council has a bit of form on the issue of overpaying staff but is it finally getting to grips with it? Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show that last year …

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