Kent Politics Podcast

EP13: Big bucks, the Olympics and a public health warning / Cllr Stuart Jeffery


Episode 13 – Big bucks, the Olympics and a public health warning / Cllr Stuart Jeffery of the Green Party.

In this episode of the Kent Politics Podcast, we discuss a range of local and national political issues that are shaping the landscape in Kent. From electoral reform to health disparities across wards, the team  delve into topics that affect residents’ lives daily. We also explore the financial state of local government with an eye-opening look at council officials’ salaries.

Key Discussion Points:

  1. Electoral Reform – Our special guest Stuart Jeffrey from the Green Party advocates for a better voting system to represent diverse voices in Parliament.
  2. Health Disparities – Life expectancy varies drastically between wards in Medway due to environmental factors and access to healthcare.
  3. Housing & Health – Poor housing conditions contribute significantly to ill health, highlighting social determinants beyond medical care.
  4. Council Earnings – A report reveals high earners within local councils amidst debates over public spending and taxation.
  5. Olympic Games Impact on Border Security – Concerns rise about potential challenges during Paris 2024 Olympics affecting border control efforts around Kent’s coastline.
  6. Asylum Seeking Children – KCC opens reception centres across the county as part of their legal obligations towards unaccompanied minors seeking asylum.

Special Guest Spotlight: Stuart Jeffery from the Green Party discusses his journey into politics, environmental priorities such as river rights and tackling waste collection service issues head-on if elected at Maidstone Borough Council.

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