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Let’s look forward with hope

The lockdown looks set to start to ease a little over the coming weeks but we must remain vigilant – as the risk from the virus remains very real. Each of us will have the things we are looking forward to doing again. Catching up

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Kent MPs call for waste sites to reopen

Kent MPs have teamed up to formally request that Kent County Council reopens waste sites. Government recently issued guidance on Household and Waste Recycling Centres stating they could remain open with extra controls on social distancing – amid a reported spike in fly-tipping, bonfires and

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East Kent Railway’s future secured

A century-old heritage railway attraction hit by an arson attack and a global pandemic in the space of six months has secured its future with vital funding. East Kent Railway Trust had irreplaceable artefacts and £15,000 worth of equipment destroyed when a fire ripped through

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Stay safe this Easter

I want to wish everyone a Happy Easter this weekend. It will probably feel like the strangest one we have ever celebrated, but it is actually a good time to reflect on its key message of hope and faith in the future. Because day after

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Waste sites should re-open with social distancing

Waste recycling centres across Kent should re-open with strict rules on social distancing. That is what the Dover District Council leader Cllr Trevor Bartlett and I are calling for. Kent County Council shut the sites on March 24 – and there have since been reports

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Be vigilant against corona crooks

People must be wary of “corona crooks” trying to exploit the outbreak. A flurry of emails and texts have been sent by scammers claiming to be from Government departments and Kent Police. One such email, purporting to be from the Department for Education, asked parents

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Fighting to save local jobs

The coronavirus outbreak is having a profound impact. Not just on our health and the economy, but also on how we communicate and how we work. It will do so for some time to come. When all of this is

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Migrants must be returned to France

I welcome moves by Home Secretary Priti Patel to seek agreement with France for the return of more migrants – as well as more stringent patrols.  More than 280 illegal entrants crossed the Channel over three days over the Bank Holiday weekend.   This

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Let’s look forward with hope

The lockdown looks set to start to ease a little over the coming weeks but we must remain vigilant – as the risk from the virus remains very real. Each of us will have the things we are looking forward

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