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Southeastern rail franchise – another Grayling failing?

Chris Grayling doesn’t exactly have a great record when I comes to striking deals with transport operators. Now his Department for Transport appears derailed whilst handling the bids for the Southeastern franchise to run our local train service. Southeastern, which is run by Govia, holds the Integrated Kent franchise. However, the franchise was due to […]

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Greek Solidarity Campaign – support from Thanet

I travelled to Athens recently as part of the U.K. delegation to the Greek Solidarity Campaign. We met with many people, from Government ministers to trade union officials and refugee groups to forge solidarity and links, to exchange information, to assess what is happening on the ground, and to better understand the risks emerging from the […]

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Fighting for Ramsgate Town Centre

A number of productive meetings have now taken place between myself, Ramsgate businesses and Kent Police with regards the state of Ramsgate Town Centre. Continued concerns about disruption and damage caused by the area’s late night drinking culture have led to calls for a better Police presence and more responsibility to be taken by the […]

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In the news: June 2019

Throughout each month I am posting links to media coverage where I have had active involvement in the story or have provided comment and a Labour Party perspective. As an elected County and District councillor I am often asked to provide local input on national stories and the socialist perspective on local issues. This page […]

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In the news: May 2019

This month has started well, with Labour gaining 15 additional seats on Thanet District Council. My own ward, Newington was the first to be declared, with myself and Rick Everitt elected to serve. Strong results in Thanet for Labour The Isle of Thanet News were at the count and you can see their Thanet District […]

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Think local, not Brexit on May 2

Have politics around Brexit affected how we might vote on May 2nd? BBC South East News Political Editor, Helen Catt invited myself and district council candidates to a round table discussion. Gathered on the terrace of Ramsgate’s Wetherspoon’s pub, the group, representing the mainstream parties were open about the challenges in the forthcoming local elections. […]

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Documenting Thanet gentrification

Sean Gallen is studying to be a journalist. The university student is about to complete his degree and recently submitted a film about Thanet as part of his course. Having received a request from Sean for an interview and local insight, he and I spent a few hours criss-crossing the Isle as he researched his […]

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In the news: April 2019

Here are this month’s links to media coverage of news and events in Thanet and further afield, where I have championed the socialist agenda. Launching the judicial review crowdfunding Public Law Today was amongst many sites that have covered legal proceedings initiated by Thanet Stroke Campaign. An initial target of £5,000 has been set and […]

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