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What does the EU vote mean for Thanet?

There can be no doubt that the referendum on the EU has a direct and measurable outcome for Thanet but the possible outcome remains undefined.

What is clear is that we have a choice - keep things as they are or role the dice and hope for something better. Make no mistake, the government has no exit plan, so if we leave it will be a gamble. If we vote to gamble and leave, what are we risking and what are the potential gains, if anything?

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From Thanet to Calais

Jordan Williams shows us that compassion is alive and well in Thanet.

For months I have tried to put into words my experience and time spent in Calais. Even now I cannot truly express what I have seen and also learnt from everything Iíve experienced since the summer of 2015.

It all began back in the Summer of 2015 when the media started show daily coverage of the refugee crisis happening across Europe and right on within arms reach in Calais, which on a clear day I can say of the coast of Ramsgate, my home town. It dawned on me proactive action was needed and if the government was not going to proactively help then I should at least try and do whatever I could.

Jordan Williams, Lib Dem Candidate for Newington, writes about his time in Calais.

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Happy Etc..

Christmas, for me, is not a happy time.

Generally I try to avoid making everyone else miserable but Christmas is a time that has generally brought pain, misery and reasons to be full of anything but good cheer.

Even so...

I wish happiness and good health to all our readers this season of traditional good cheer.

Have a good one, stay safe. Be nice to each other.

--Matt.

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Calais Fundraiser: Update

Thanet's support for the refugees in Calais has been overwhelming.

Since the start of the fund raiser over three times the target amount has already been donated. Over £800 of the initial £250 goal has been achieved.

This tells me that the people of Thanet do care about the rest of the world.

If you have yet to do so Give today.

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This might upset the council?

Thanet man, Jordan Williams, is Raising Funds For the people of Calais and we are behind him 100%.

I have watched this humanitarian crisis continue and I, for one, would like to help these people so desperate for help and our compassion. Says Jordan. Myself and Matthew Brown (editor of Thanet Star) would like to be able to go across to Calais with donations of food, clothes, shoes and other basic resources and equipment that are so desperately needed by the asylum seekers currently stuck in Calais.

If even 1% of the people of Thanet donated £1 then Jordan's goal of £1000 to help people in need, on our own doorstep, would be realised. Most people are too afraid to offer help but I also know that some of us are better than that.

Regardless of if you are doing it because you care or just to spite the local racists donate today and make a difference in the world.

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