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Tories vote themselves a 15% hike in allowances

July 14, 2017

At yesterday’s full council meeting, the Tory group brought and passed a motion to award themselves a colossal 15% increase in allowances. In doing so, they ignored the recommended modest increase of 1.5% from the Independent Member Remuneration Panel. Our KCC member, Martin Whybrow (right), who will be donating his increase to charity via...
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Thanks after a long night and a long few months… now, what’s next?!

June 9, 2017

It’s hard not to be despondent today having witnessed last night our share of the vote fall somewhat compared to 2015, albeit still gaining 2,498 votes. That said, we are confident that our green voters switched their support to Labour, believing that Labour stood the best chance against Damian Collins. That in itself is...
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Election issues #5: The Environment

June 6, 2017

There has been a woeful lack of discussion at this election about the biggest threat to our planet: Climate Change. Other parties’ manifestos are either silent on the topic or give it a cursory nod but, of course, it is part of the DNA of the Green Party. It is also interlinked to so many...
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Election issues #4: Housing and homelessness

June 5, 2017

Our current housing crisis takes different but connected forms: increasing homelessness; a lack of truly affordable homes for first-time buyers and renters; sub-standard existing rented accommodation. We see this across Shepway. None of these issues are being addressed by the District Council’s pursuit of Otterpool ‘garden town’ on agricultural land near Westenhanger nor its quest to fill in...
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Election issues #3: Human rights and foreign aid

June 3, 2017

In our third daily look at issues at this election, we consider the worrying potential erosion of fundamental human rights. In part, these are under threat from our planned departure from the EU. We believe that the Human Rights Act and UK membership of the European Convention on Human Rights must be maintained and defended. Meanwhile, the...
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Election issues #2: Animal welfare

June 2, 2017

Animal welfare in this election barely gains a mention in the mainstream media but it constitutes by far the greatest number of lobbying emails that candidates receive. Those campaign websites that allow residents to automatically fire off emails are a time-consuming part of any conscientious candidate’s workload (certainly we hear from residents that some of...
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Election issues #1: Disability rights

June 1, 2017

In the days running up to the general election, we will highlight our policies on particular issues that residents have told us are important. The Green Party does not follow the dogma of the mainstream press or the other political parties, it stands up for all people and we put equality, compassion and the...
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Our local and national priorities for the general election

May 12, 2017

The Green Party has announced its national election priorities and, here in Folkestone & Hythe, these resonate very much with the local issues that we have been campaigning on over the last few years. Our candidate, Martin Whybrow, has been vocal in opposing the lorry park at Stanford, in arguing that our services and infrastructure...
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Victory in the KCC elections; now for the general election!

May 9, 2017

Martin Whybrow will once more take a voice for the environment and local communities to Kent County Council, having been elected to the Hythe West division. It was the only division of the six in Shepway that did not end up with the Tories and, indeed, across the district, the Green Party moved into second...
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Take to the polling stations!

May 3, 2017

Firstly, a big thank you to everyone for all their support ahead of tomorrow’s KCC elections – it has been a fabulous effort. On Monday, as with the previous action days, we had around 25 volunteers out, canvassing and leafleting. Following on from the earlier visit of Green Party co-leader, Jonathan Bartley, this time...
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