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  • Final Say Graphic Dec 2018 (by Liberal Democrats)
    Page: Nov 26, 2018

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    Meopham Matters, Autumn 2018

    Gravesham and Europe

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    Even in Gravesham, attitudes are shifting. In the 2016 Referendum, only 34.6% of voters chose Remain. The most recent polling shows that has now risen to 42.6% (source: Best for Britain dashboard, accessed 29.11.18). As people see the shambles of Government policy, the lack of coherent opposition from Labour and the massive demands for a People's Vote, the Lib Dem plan for an Exit from Brexit is growing. Show your support by clicking the link.

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    Article: Nov 22, 2018
    By Tony Clayton

    Britain must attract people with all sorts of skills to prosper, as well as training local people better. That doesn't only apply to highly paid professionals. It also includes agriculture, care, construction, hospitality, and other workers who government regard as 'unskilled'. But successful employers know the truth.

  • Alan Bullion at Food Fare
    Article: Nov 22, 2018

    Farming is worth around £5.4 billion to Kent's economy, and supports over 85,000 jobs directly. Many consumers already buy produce directly from farm shops and farmers markets, but more could be done to promote local produce.

    For example, a 'Made in Kent' label could help to sell more of locally produced food and drink to both shoppers and restaurants. More people are eating out these days and would like to know more about the provenance of their food and where it is sourced from. Romney Marsh lamb is a good case where products command a premium.

  • Councillors at work in The Lakes
    Article: Nov 16, 2018

    Councillors from all parties joined local residents at the weekend to sweep up autumn leaves, clear paths, and cut back the undergrowth in Bradbourne Lakes.

    On Saturday morning they shifted piles of leaves and the tree branches which had blocked the waterways - causing floods in last week's heavy rain.

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    Article: Nov 13, 2018
    By Richard Streatfield

    The short answer is no. But what we spend needs to be spent much better.

    The truth is that the Defence budget has a Brexit shaped hole. The biggest cost in defence, after skilled professionals, is equipment. In the vast range of investments needed three items stand out; the new aircraft carriers, planes required to fly from them, and replacement for the Trident missile system.

  • Tony Clayton in Bayham Rd
    Article: Nov 13, 2018
    By Tony Clayton, Sevenoaks Town Councillor.

    The revolt of the entire Johnson family (Boris, Jo, sister Rachel, and dad Stanley) shows how much trouble the government's Brexit plan is in.

    Jo Johnson represents Orpington, which like Sevenoaks was split down the middle at the 2016 referendum. Now he sees that the future on offer from the government's negotiations is so far from Leave promises that to enact it would be a travesty of democracy. A poorer and weaker Britain isn't what anyone wants.

  • Merilyn version 2
    Article: Nov 8, 2018
    By Merilyn Canet

    Our GP Medical Services are under increasing pressure now. GPs have organised to manage resources better but have difficulty recruiting suitably skilled people.

    It is hard to replace retiring doctors with new young qualified people. Sevenoaks is a high cost housing area and salaries are similar across the UK for NHS GPs. We have shortages of skilled nurses and other key support workers for similar reasons.

  • Tony Clayton in Bayham Rd
    Article: Oct 26, 2018
    By Tony Clayton

    This is an important question, and the media often mixes up two completely separate issues. Refugees and migrants are different. Far right agitators in Europe, and UKIP here, have deliberately confused them. That's a dangerous thing to do.


    The refugee system isn't designed to benefit any government or country, but to help people fleeing war and persecution. It's about protection for individuals - as citizens of the world.