Off the Record

Po­lit­i­cal Editor Paul Fran­cis

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Nuts & Bolts -

wait and see but we are not op­ti­mistic.

See page 33 for the latest on Manston be­ing used as an Op Stack re­place­ment. OVER at County Hall, there are some fur­rowed brows among coun­cil­lors, who have re­ceived a note about their travel ex­penses.

KCC wrote off a tax bill of £179,000 af­ter it emerged coun­cil­lors should have been pay­ing tax on car jour­neys to and from County Hall.

Now they are be­ing asked if they would like to make a vol­un­tary con­tri­bu­tion to meet some of these costs, which some con­sider a per­sonal li­a­bil­ity.

Cue anx­ious faces and hud­dles in the cor­ri­dor as they con­sider how best to re­spond. UKIP leader Nigel Farage seems to have got his mojo back af­ter his gen­eral elec­tion de­feat at the hands of Con­ser­va­tive Craig Mackin­lay in the bat­tle for South Thanet at the elec­tion.

Although the de­feat was bruis­ing, he seems rec­on­ciled to what hap­pened, telling this week’s ref­er­en­dum rally in Mar­gate that, “I would have liked to have stood here as your MP but we all have our ups and downs”. THERE was early sign it may not be all plain sail­ing for the gov­ern­ment over the rules un­der which the EU ref­er­en­dum will be con­ducted.

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