Kent Politics Podcast

Kent Politics Podcast

EP26: Solar farms, Medway’s future, court jams and Katie Lam

In this episode of the Kent Politics Podcast, we delve into the pressing issues immigration and local governance. Special guest Katie Lam, new Conservative MP for Weald of Kent, shares her journey from grassroots activism to Parliament. Topics such as the Graveney solar farm controversy and Medway’s development plans are discussed alongside challenges in Kent’s court system and implications of the King’s Speech.

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EP25: New Government, changes in Kent and Iain Dale

In the latest Kent Politics Podcast, Simon and Dan speak with special guest, Iain Dale who discusses his candidacy withdrawal for Tunbridge Wells and speculates on its possible impact. The episode also covers Labour’s new policies on planning and energy in Kent, local elections, Farage’s Reform Party’s rise, contentious development sites, and challenges at Channel ports due to the new biometric checks. As always it provides a nuanced insight into Kent politics and broader national trends.

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EP24: UK GENERAL ELECTION SPECIAL

Welcome to this special Election episode of The Kent Politics Podcast. After Labour’s historic victory, Simon and the team discuss the shifts in Kent’s political landscape. We dive into an analysis of winners and losers of the night: Conservatives’ rough time losing seats; debates on party rebuilding and how new MPs will influence future directions; and potential leadership contenders post-election. Labour now holds a significant majority but must deliver tangible improvements amid high expectation and the challenge is implementing effective changes without excuses despite their strong parliamentary position. Thanks for tuning in!

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EP23: Hustings, more hustings and Electoral Calculus boss Martin Baxter

In this week’s episode of The Kent Politics Podcast, Simon and the team discuss Medway’s campaign dynamics, hustings insights highlighting environmental concerns and housing issues, general anti-Tory sentiments benefiting Labour, tight races across various constituencies, and polling updates with predictions of significant gains for Labour. The discussion also touches on demographic shifts affecting traditional Conservative strongholds and the limited impact of foreign policy issues on voting behaviour. This week’s Special Guest is Martin Baxter from Electoral Calculus.

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EP22: Election Hustings in Kent, KCC eyes £80m savings, and is Labour heading for supermajority?

In this week’s episode of the Kent Politics Podcast, host Simon Finlay and the team delve into local and national political issues. Discussions include Medway election debates with Labour criticism over Chatham Docks, Folkestone’s green-led council tackling financial challenges, KCC’s £80 million savings dilemma affecting services like libraries, candidates avoiding hustings for scrutiny avoidance or safety concerns and Reform UK’s rise impacting Conservative and Labour voter bases. This week’s Special Guest Denise Scott McDonald, discusses her personal journey in politics, focusing on Sevenoaks constituency campaign challenges amidst changing demographics and tactical voting considerations.

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EP21: Private school SEND costs, cat bans, manifesto madness and special guest Howard Cox

In the latest Kent Politics Podcast, we examine Labour’s potential election win and Farage’s influence. Special Guest, Howard Cox of Reform UK sees support in Dover and Deal. Topics include local governance, planning, education costs for children with special needs, housing policies, and a contentious development ban affecting minors and cats. With expert analysis on party manifestos and trust in politics, guest Howard Cox discusses fair fuel pricing and immigration policy ahead of elections amidst deep Tory dissatisfaction.

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EP20: Planning sagas, Eurostar and a mystery unsolved with special guest David Naghi

This week’s Kent Politics Podcast tackles the Chatham Docks plan, Eurostar service suspension in Kent, and KCC finance director Zena Cooke’s exit. Simon and the team discuss these issues as well as Farage’s Reform campaign and the Sunak vs Starmer TV debate. Later in the episode, special guest Cllr David Naghi highlights his political journey and commitment to resolving local struggles with infrastructure and healthcare.

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EP19: Farage back in Kent, Radio star Iain Dale eyes seat and Special Guest Cllr George Perfect

In this episode of the Kent Politics Podcast, Simon and the team delve into Rainham’s business losses due to roadworks, we examine Conservative Election strategies in Medway, Rishi Sunak’s National Service proposal, the debate on lowering the voting age, and Diane Abbott’s Labour Party reinstatement. Special guest George Perfect shares insights on Conservative prospects.

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EP18: Kent’s major general election role and special guest Gravesham parliamentary candidate Dr Lauren Sullivan

In this week’s episode of the Kent Politics Podcast, we unpack the highly anticipated announcement of a general election set for July 4th. With Britain at a crossroads, the team explore how key decision-makers in local government across Kent are gearing up for the political showdown. Simon also interviews our Special Guest, Gravesham parliamentary candidate Dr Lauren Sullivan.

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EP17: Former deputy PM Damien Green, Natalie Elphicke fallout and bus pass price hike anger

In this episode of the Kent Politics Podcast, Simon and the team delve into a variety of pressing political topics, both at the local level in Kent and on the national stage. We cover Dover MP Natalie Elphicke’s party defection, controversial traffic measures in Medway, bus pass cost hikes, and more. Our special guest this week is former Deputy Prime Minister Damien Green.