Michael's 'positive beliefs' scorned by Labour

Contributed by webmaster on Jan 02, 2004 - 12:11 PM

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Tory leader and Folkestone and Hythe MP Michael Howard has published a list of "positive beliefs" which will form the foundations of his party's policy in the run-up to the next General Election.

Mr Howard said that he wanted voters to understand the passions which had brought him into politics.

The list will form the basis of a major advertising campaign, as well as an email marketing drive aiming to reach a million people.

Mr Howard said: "The Conservative Party is at its strongest when it offers positive and fresh thinking."

The Labour Party chairman Ian McCartney poured scorn on Mr Howard's message claiming that Mr Howard had not learned the lessons of his own past and that Thatcherism would be safe in his hands.

These are the 'beliefs' in Mr Howard's statement:

* I believe it is natural for men and women to want health, wealth and happiness for their families and themselves

* I believe it is the duty of every politician to serve the people by removing the obstacles in the way of these ambitions

* I believe people are most likely to be happy when they are masters of their own lives, when they are not nannied or over-governed

* I believe that the people should be big. That the state should be small

* I believe red tape, bureaucracy, regulations, inspectorates, commissions, quangos, 'czars', 'units' and 'targets' came to help and protect us, but now we need protection from them. Armies of interferers don't contribute to human happiness

* I believe that people must have every opportunity to fulfil their potential

* I believe there is no freedom without responsibility. It is our duty to look after those who cannot help themselves

* I believe in equality of opportunity. Injustice makes us angry

* I believe every parent wants their child to have a better education than they had

* I believe every child wants security for their parents in their old age

* I do not believe that one person's poverty is caused by another's wealth

* I do not believe that one person's ignorance is caused by another's knowledge and education

* I do not believe that one person's sickness is made worse by another's health

* I believe the British people are only happy when they are free

* I believe that Britain should defend her freedom at any time, against all comers, however mighty

* I believe that by good fortune, hard work, natural talent and rich diversity, these islands are home to a great people with a noble past and exciting future.

I am happy to be their servant.

Canterbury parking costs set to rise

Contributed by editor on Jan 01, 2004 - 11:47 AM

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Residents in Canterbury are being asked for their opinions concerning proposed changes to off-street and on-street parking in the district.

Among the proposals are increasing the price of parking permits, having new charging structures in car parks, and increasing the cost of park and ride.

The formal consultation process begins on January 8.

New Chief Constable takes up post

Contributed by editor on Jan 01, 2004 - 09:56 AM

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Kent's new Chief Constable Michael Fuller has today (1 January 2004) taken up his post taking over from Chief Constable Bob Ayling.

Mr Fuller was formerly the Deputy Assistant Commissioner with the Metropolitan Police. He joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1975 as a cadet and won a Commissioner's scholarship, with which he attained a degree in social psychology from Sussex University. He has served in uniformed, Special Branch and CID branches throughout his service.

While a Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) stationed at Shepherds Bush and Hammersmith Mr Fuller devised an innovative burglary control programme, which was a forerunner to Operation Bumblebee.

As DCI at Paddington he devised covert techniques to successfully tackle street robbery under the Operation Eagle Eye initiative. He then worked as Staff Officer within Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary with direct responsibility for inspection for Special Branches, Crime Units and Counter Terrorism. He gave advice to the Chief HMI and Home Secretary.

In 1998 Mr Fuller helped set up the groundbreaking Racial and Violent Crime Task Force. He has attained a Masters in Business Administration and is a Fellow of the Institute of Management and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

In January 2000 Mr Fuller took command of West Area Serious Crime Group and Operation Trident and in 2001 he won the G2 `Man of the Year Award' in recognition of his personal achievements and contribution to policing in London. In February 2002 he became Head of the Drugs Directorate and iIn April 2002 he was appointed Deputy Assistant Commissioner. He is now Director of Intelligence, Development & Review, part of the new Specialist Crime Directorate.

Carpet warehouse destroyed

Contributed by editor on Dec 30, 2003 - 12:14 PM

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Over one hundred fire fighters tackled a massive fire in Canterbury overnight.

Fourteen pumps with other specialist vehicles from all over the county fought the fire which started shortly before10 o'clock on Monday evening (29 December).

The building, in Wincheap, Canterbury is occupied by Carpet Right and Courts furnishers.

Much of the building has been saved but the premises occupied by Carpet Right has been destroyed.

Leading the operations, Senior Divisional Officer Neal Fowler said: "The fire crews have done a magnificent job in stopping the fire from spreading but they have had to avoid falling brickwork and smoke peculating through to the furnishing warehouse."

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Body discovered at bottom of cliff

Contributed by editor on Dec 30, 2003 - 09:56 AM

A body has been found on a beach at the bottom of cliffs at St Margaret's Bay near Dover.

A walker called the police after spotting the body just before 1 o'clock today (30 December)

Dover lifeboat recovered the body and took it to Dover harbour where Kent police began an investigation.

The remains are thought to have been on the beach for some time.

Kent firefighters coming home

Contributed by editor on Dec 29, 2003 - 05:56 AM

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A team of Kent firefighters helping deal with devastation caused by the earthquake in Iran are preparing to give up the hunt for survivors.

Seven firefighters from Kent went to the town of Bam following the disaster and have been sifting through rubble.

Kent Fire Service spokesman Ian Muir said: "Search and rescue teams will start to withdraw in the near future."

Local homeowners "most optimistic"

Contributed by editor on Dec 29, 2003 - 05:50 AM

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A survey has shown that homeowners in the South East are the most optimistic about property prices rising next year.

According to the Woolwich, people in the South East are the most confident -with 30% of homeowners expecting prices to rise by more than 5%.

Nationally, homeowners believe the market will stabilise - with 56% expecting prices to remain the same.

Flash floods cause local disruption

Contributed by admin on Dec 28, 2003 - 08:30 AM

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Fire crews were called to pump water from houses and roads after heavy rain caused flash floods in Shepway.

Around 10 inches of water was pumped from an elderly couple's home in Hythe while crews in East Sussex also had to deal with the effects of the downpour.

A spokeswoman said the main problem had been in streets where blocked drains prevented water from escaping.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service help in Iranian earthquake disaster

Contributed by editor on Dec 27, 2003 - 11:08 AM


Seven members of Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s overseas search and rescue team left Stanstead Airport o­n Boxing Day to fly to Iran, following the devastating earthquake.

The very experienced Kent team will join colleagues from Hampshire and Essex in a five or six day mission that has been organised by the Overseas Development Agency.  Their last mission to an earthquake was when they travelled to Turkey in 1998.

Team members include: Team Leader Assistant Divisional Officer Neil Hubbard; Assistant Divisional Officer Keith Burns; Firefighter Dean Langley; Sub Officer John Mazzey; Sub Officer Dave Hudson, Leading Firefighter Ian Selfe and Firefighter Matt Ivell.

The firefighters will land at a small airport 100 miles north of the affected area in the early hours of tomorrow morning where they will meet with other rescue workers. As well as technical search and light-weight rescue equipment such as snake-eye cameras and listening devices, the team will be taking tents and other supplied that will mean they are self-sufficient.

Chief Fire Officer Peter Coombs said: “We are pleased to be helping the people of Iran out during this time of need and to be able to provide a highly trained, experienced team.�

Team member Assistant Divisional Officer Keith Burns added: “We recently returned from a specialist search and rescue training course in Texas and are very keen to put what we learned into practice.  We have trained and worked with both Hampshire and Essex in the past and we are all keen to get to work knowing that the death toll is rising.â€?

Insight for future officers

Contributed by editor on Dec 27, 2003 - 05:30 AM

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Students considering a career with the police had an insight into what the job entails during a visit to South East Kent Police headquarters in Folkestone.

Youngsters studying for a BTEC National Diploma in public services were given the chance to ask officers questions and discuss various issues.

The teenagers were also given a tour of the hi-tech police station.