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Podcast: What Kent wants to hear from new Tory leader and Prime Minister Liz Truss

Liz Truss has been confirmed as the new leader of the Conservative Party and will become the next Prime Minister.

She beat Rishi Sunak in a leadership contest following the resignation of Boris Johnson and will travel to Scotland tomorrow to meet the Queen.

We’ve been finding out what the new PM’s challenges will be in Kent and what some of you want her priorities to be. Hear from our political editor, the chair of the National Care Association, the chief exec of the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce and shoppers in Sheerness.

Also in today’s podcast, we find out why so many strikes are happening at the moment.

This time it’s drivers at bus company Arriva who’ve walked out with industrial action happening in Northfleet, Gillingham, Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells.

It’s emerged children in Kent as young as 12 are being given drugs to deliver by their parents who’re struggling with the cost of living.

Refocus Project – which helps young people get away from gangs – says soaring inflation has led to a rise in county lines dealing.

Plans for a care home in Ashford, described as ‘monolothic’, have been thrown out.

The 75 bed facility could have been built along with houses on a former hospital site in the town.

And in sport, hear from the Gillingham boss following their goalless draw against Swindon Town at the weekend.