Damian Collins MP Expenses 2016/17

November 27, 2017 // 6 Comments

Since May 2010 – to March 31st 2017, Damian Collins, MP for Folkestone & Hythe has cost the public purse £1,144,586 according to IPSA. The average amount he has claimed in expenses during his time in the House of Commons as our MP is, £163,512. In the financial year 2016/17 according to [Click to Read More]

Parking Machine Theft.

November 24, 2017 // 1 Comment

Cllr Malcolm Dearden (pictured) was the former Cabinet member for Transport at Shepway District Council. He is now Cabinet member for Finance. Cllr Dearden was first elected to Shepway District Council (SDC) in May 2007. He stood in the Hythe Central ward and won, receiving 1,147 votes gaining [Click to Read More]

Cllr Susan Joan Carey

November 23, 2017 // 1 Comment

Cllr Susan Carey (pictured) was first elected to Shepway District Council (SDC) in 1999 for the then seat of Saltwood & Newington. She won the seat with 240 votes gaining 59.1% of the vote on a turnout of 32.2%. She has been re-elected on 4 further occasions; and has been an SDC Cllr for [Click to Read More]

Update on Otterpool Park

November 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

Warwick Smith in The Guardian sets out that Companies “don’t give their money away for nothing. There is an understanding (rarely made explicit) that large campaign donations buy political access and favourable consideration in policy development and legislation. Why else would a [Click to Read More]

Are They Worth £9.2 Million?

November 20, 2017 // 5 Comments

In Kent – including Medway, there were 715 elected representatives who received  expenses and allowances in the financial year 2016/17. Kent has 559 elected representatives who sit on all 12 Councils, Ashford, Canterbury, Dartford, Dover, Gravesham, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Shepway, Swale, [Click to Read More]

Kent MP Costs For 2016/17

November 18, 2017 // 1 Comment

All Kent MP’s have cost the UK Taxpayer the sum of £2,597,410 for the financial year 2016/17. (All information is drawn from IPSA’s website.) This year, unfortunately Damian Collins is NOT Kent’s most expensive MP. That privilege falls to Craig Mackinley, MP  for Thanet South [Click to Read More]

The Grand Inferno

November 16, 2017 // 1 Comment

Forgive the classical allusion but Dante might be the name that will be taking up a lot of Michael Stainer’s time over the coming months. But he won’t be studying the immortal verse of Dante Alighieri, author of the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language, especially not [Click to Read More]