Kent Politics Podcast

EP2 : Job Losses, Wine Woes and Rallying the Troops / Mike Martin

Episode 2 : Job losses, Wine Woes and Rallying the Troops / Mike Martin Interview – 2nd February 2024

In this episode of the Kent Politics Podcast, we explore a variety of pressing political issues impacting both local governance in Kent and Medway as well as national politics. Host Simon Finney is joined by Senior News Editor Nikki White and Daniel Esson, who covers borough and district councils throughout the county.

Key points discussed include:

  • Medway Council’s decision to invest £42 million into temporary accommodation for homeless individuals.
  • The looming end of the Household Support Fund, with unanimous council support to request its renewal from Chancellor Jeremy Hunt.
  • Folkestone & Hythe District Council’s controversial shift from a cabinet system to a committee-based structure.
  • A legal battle over Chapel Down’s plans for building a winery within an area of outstanding natural beauty in Canterbury.
  • Job losses at Kent County Council due to financial strains and restructuring toward family hubs model.
  • Government considerations on increasing fines for companies that allow roadworks overruns, aiming to alleviate traffic disruptions across Kent.

Westminster Watch with Paul Francis:

  • Conservative Party Chairman Richard Holden’s visit to rally party members in marginal seats ahead of elections
  • Labour’s proposed tax relief cuts on fee-paying schools sparking debates about grammar school admissions

Special Guest Mike Martin interview: 

Former Army officer turned Lib Dem candidate for Tunbridge Wells, shares his journey into politics. He discusses how his military background has shaped his approach towards understanding people’s needs and problem-solving which he hopes will resonate with voters despite facing strong Tory opposition in what is traditionally seen as a conservative stronghold.

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