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  • Giles 2
    Article: Apr 19, 2014

    The damage to the Sussex economy if Britain leaves the EU was one of the top issues discussed in a meeting at Shoreham Port in West Sussex on Friday.

    Giles Goodall, Liberal Democrat European candidate for South East England and Jemima Bland, Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for East Worthing & Shoreham met Rodney Lunn, Shoreham Port's chief executive. David Edey, chairman of Eastbrook Liberal Democrats, also joined the meeting.

  • Unemployment falls once again
    Article: Apr 16, 2014
    By Tim Prater

    I've brought together "claimant count" statistics for Folkestone & Hythe and Dover constituencies for 2014, 2013 & 2012 in the chart below.

    [Update 20 March 2014] To the end of 2013, I'd used the BBC website economy tracker at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10604117 but that source now seems to have disappeared. I have therefore changed to using the raw statistics from the ONS website monthly "Regional Labour Market: JSA01 - Claimant Count for Local and Unitary Authorities" releases. There were some marginal differences in figures (mainly percentage claimant counts rather than the number) between that and the BBC figures. For consistency I have updated the chart below to show the ONS figures for both Shepway and Dover back to the start of 2012.

  • Single Seat
    Article: Apr 15, 2014

    Giles Goodall, Lib Dem MEP candidate for South East England, has today pledged to campaign for an end to the European Parliament's travelling circus by backing a Single Seat for the institution.

    The duplication of European Parliament buildings and facilities in Brussels and Strasbourg is a huge drain on the EU's resources. The Parliament's travelling circus means MEPs, their staff and thousands of journalists, lobbyists and others have to shuttle from Brussels to Strasbourg for one week every month.

  • Step Short Arch Site
    Article: Apr 10, 2014

    There seems to be more trouble for the Step Short Arch project. During construction works on site, BIG problems have been discovered with drains that the project was planning to use, with water from those drains not passing down the drains as expected by instead leaking out of the cliff face below the Leas.

  • Folkestone Harbour (Sebastian Maier)
    Article: Apr 10, 2014

    Southeastern are running a competition for keen photographers in the Folkestone area to showcase your work to mark the end of the project to redevelop Folkestone West station.

    They are offering local photographers the chance to have your work displayed in the refurbished station booking hall to coincide with its reopening this spring.

  • Tax Cut
    Article: Apr 7, 2014

    Today 3,570,000 people in the South East will receive a £700 tax cut compared to 2010. This will put £700 back in the pockets of the lowest earners.

    Thanks to the Liberal Democrats, the new income tax personal allowance kicks in, reaching £10,000. It means 3,570,000 working people are paying £700 less in income tax than they were under Labour; people on the minimum wage have had the amount they pay in income tax more than halved; and 2.7m of people in the lowest paid jobs will no longer pay any income tax at all.

  • Ukip
    Article: Apr 5, 2014

    Another week, another success for Lib Dems in the European Parliament. This week it was hammering the final nails into the coffin of mobile roaming charges in Europe. From the end of next year, the extra fees for using your mobile phone in another EU country - already reduced significantly in recent years - will be scrapped entirely.

  • Space
    Article: Apr 5, 2014
    A satellite launched yesterday as part of an EU project to observe the Earth from space will rely on a radar system made in Portsmouth. The Sentinel spacecraft uses an electronics system, which will guide its radar, designed by Airbus' local Astrium plant.
    The satellite is part of the EU Copernicus programme to observe changes in the Earth's environment, helping to monitor earthquakes, floods and fires.