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3 February 2021

Covid outbreak at Kent asylum detention centre: Napier is not fit for purpose

The dilapidated Napier army barracks in Folkestone became the home of 400 asylum seekers five months ago

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21 October 2020

Kent: Chaotic privatised asylum process

Local Folkestone residents and the South East Kent Trade Union Council rallied in solidarity with 400 asylum seekers housed at Napier old army barracks

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9 September 2020

Dover: Solidarity with refugees - applause and cheers for socialist ideas to unite working class

Trade unionists, anti-racism and refugee rights campaigners rallied in Market Square on 5 September in Dover to show solidarity with refugees, fleeing war and persecution, who have faced vile racist abuse from Tories and the far right in recent weeks

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2 September 2020

Don't blame asylum seekers for Tory cuts

The plight of refugees was grimly highlighted by the Channel death of a Sudanese migrant

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5 August 2020

Unite union branch pledges to support socialist candidates who oppose cuts

The response by Tory Kent County Council to Covid-19 is to launch a public consultation entitled: "Have your say on Kent County Council's spending priorities and approach following the Covid-19 pandemic"

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31 March 2020

Refuse collection workers strike

Bin workers in Medway, Kent, walked out on 30 March over management's failure to follow social distancing directives, to provide adequate PPE and the closure of public toilets

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3 July 2019

Nationalisation is answer to Southern Water cover up

An investigation into Southern Water by the industry regulator Ofwat has demanded that the company pay a 126 million penalty package, the largest it has ever imposed. The Environment Agency is now also looking into pressing criminal charges.

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24 January 2018

Gentrification scourge hits Kent

So-called 'gentrification' is on its way to parts of north Kent that are being packaged as the 'Thames Gateway'.

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18 January 2017

Anger at south east Kent Momentum meeting

A discussion took place regarding the change in constitution and what many see as an abuse of power by Momentum chair Jon Lansman. The attendees agreed a declaration strongly opposing the steering group's decision.

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30 November 2016

Readmit expelled socialists: a proven record of fighting back

I've been asked why socialists like me should be readmitted to the Labour Party. This is not the time for compromise and 'partnership', but for bold, clearly defined socialist policies, carried out by determined representatives of our class.

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7 September 2016

#KeepCorbyn: reports from the campaign

Reports from Stoke, east London, Ramsgate and Burston.

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27 July 2016

Pent Valley school closure judicial review blocked

The campaign to save Pent Valley School in Kent has had its application for a Judicial Review refused.

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6 July 2016

Rough sleeper death sparks calls for action

The death of a homeless man, sleeping rough in the centre of Chatham for over a year, has brought calls for action over the spiralling housing crisis in Kent's Medway towns.

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1 June 2016

Pent Valley campaigners take council to judicial review

Kelly Griffiths, parent of a year 10 student at Pent Valley, is taking legal action against Kent County Council

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11 May 2016

The Socialist postbag

Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors. End Labour witch hunts; Khan bus-ted; lessons Leicester FC's victory; Israel fail; Brum bailiffs.

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4 April 2016

Save Pent Valley school demo demands a council u-turn

A hundred demonstrators staged a loud, colourful march through Folkestone on Saturday 2nd April against the threatened closure of Pent Valley secondary school. The closure is being driven by Tory-controlled Kent County Council and is the latest in a series of school closures across Kent.

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16 March 2016

Pent Valley student speaks: Save our school

In my local area we are campaigning to save Pent Valley School from closure (as previously reported in the Socialist). However, Pent Valley is not the only school that needs saving, writes Bethany Smith, sixth form student.

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24 February 2016

Victory for striking EDF energy workers

Unite members at EDF Energy working in metering services have won major concessions in a long running dispute over pay and conditions.

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24 February 2016

Campaign to save Pent Valley continues

Kent County Council has let slip any veil of democratic accountability to the people of Cheriton, Kent. Its education committee supported the proposal by the director of education, Patrick Leeson, to close Pent Valley School, despite huge public opposition.

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17 February 2016

Students, unions and parents unite to save Pent Valley School

A coach packed with campaigners determined to save Pent Valley school in Kent left Cheriton to lobby Kent County Council in Maidstone.

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