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  • Tim Farron
    Article: Aug 2, 2015
    By Tim Farron in Letter to David Cameron

    Dear David,

    I am writing to you about the current humanitarian crisis in Calais and its impact here in the UK. I am sure you agree that it is heartbreaking to see hundreds of desperate people subsisting in makeshift camps night after night, willing to risk life and limb in the hope of a better future while many in Kent and across the country see their daily lives hugely disrupted through no fault of their own.

  • piggy bank
    Article: Jul 31, 2015
    By Stephen Phillips

    The high street banks have never really been a suitable source of loans for those with limited assets or income - their basic idea seems to be that you can only borrow from them if you can afford not to do so. The principal alternative that grew up historically for those in need who could not meet the strict lending criteria of the banks was loan sharks and unregulated lending. Other than credit unions, of which more later.

  • Lib Dem march at Brighton Pride
    Article: Jul 31, 2015
    By Paul Hienkens, South East Lib Dems Region Chair

    On Saturday 1st August the biggest party in the South East region takes place in Brighton!

    For the 25th time this year Brighton will host its annual Gay Pride Parade: one of the most colourful and exciting visual events in the region's calendar bringing the whole community out to Brighton & Hove's streets with over 160,000 people to view the spectacle in all its outrageous colour.

  • Article: Jul 30, 2015

    This Sunday 2nd August sees the Sandgate Rec Family Fun Day from 11am - 5pm: come along!

    Mums and dads bring a picnic and relax to the fabulous Electric Tortoise 60's R&R band and DJ music throughout the day whilst the kids enjoy the Bouncy Castles, Folkestone Owls, Circus Skills Demo & free Circus Skills sessions, Party Mascots, Bouncy Assault Courses, Pillow Bash, Fun Dog Competition, Ice Creams and Refreshments, Candy Floss, Tug O War for mums and dads, Street Dancer Demos, Boules Competition, Bungy Run, Clown Slide...

  • Windows Update
    Article: Jul 30, 2015
    By Kent Trading Standards

    With the release of Windows 10, the scam known as the 'Microsoft phone scam' is likely to rear its ugly head again.

    Microsoft operating system chief, Terry Myerson, announced at the launch that current users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 will be able to upgrade to the new operating system for free as long as they do so within one year of the Windows 10 launch on 29 July 2015. Once you install the upgrade, it's permanent.

  • Calais port
    Article: Jul 29, 2015

    Commenting on the situation in Calais, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron MP said:

    "If you don't give people hope, they will resort to desperate measures. We are treating this as a security issue, but primarily it is a humanitarian one.

    "We should be big enough to take a lead and accept our fair share of refugees, rather than expecting others to do it for us.

  • kramer
    Article: Jul 29, 2015

    Tim Farron today set about ending the Liberal Democrats' lack diversity at the top of the party - by naming the most diverse shadow cabinet team in the party's history.

    The new Lib Dem leader announced a spokesperson team including 12 women and 10 men to lead the fight back against the Tory government. There are six members of the House of Commons, 10 from the House of Lords and six are neither.

  • Oyster card / Smart Travel Card
    Article: Jul 28, 2015

    Rail passengers in Kent will soon see a £5.5 million roll out of smart cards across Southeastern's network.

    Southeastern will bring in smart cards, initially for season tickets only, as an alternative to paper tickets from December 2016. This follows a deal with the Department for Transport as part of the government-funded South East Flexible Ticketing (SEFT) programme. Work will now begin to upgrade Southeastern's ticketing systems and equipment to allow passengers to use smart cards to travel across the majority of Southeastern's network.