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Thanet's EU results are a massive "screw you" to politics

The results are in and the winner was no one at all.

Not only because the EU vote does not exactly have winners but also because the vast majority of people voted to let the politicians do whatever the hell they wanted by staying home and keeping out of it.

EU vote for MEP, Thanet, 2014

Admittedly the turnout was higher than expected although not by much and this can entirely be accounted for by the swollen numbers the Eurosceptic parties got for their European candidates. Perhaps because Eurosceptic voters did not understand that this was not a vote about Europe but simply voting was in support of Europe.

However if that is all the support UKIP can manage during a vote where pretty much everyone else is fairly apathetic about the outcome and only hardcore voters bother to show up I think it is safe to say that when the serious voting starts next year for positions that can actually change British policy on the EU that they are on a road to nowhere.

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TDC needs "Fresh Blood" say Lib-Dems

The Liberal Democrats are calling for fresh blood to get Thanet out of the mess that it is in.

Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidates George Cunningham (North Thanet) and Russ Timpson (South Thanet) are calling for political renewal in Thanet following the resignation of Clive Hart as Chairman of Thanet District Council and the spate of resignations that followed.

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Thanet's new Iron Lady?

Iris Johnson

Iris Johnson has been has achieved the honour of being the first democratically elected female leader of Thanet District Council.

Our congratulations to Iris Johnson Thanet's first female council leader. Iris has reportedly said that she plans to work in cooperation with the Conservatives to make Thanet better.

Let us hope that or own Iron Lady can do a better job than the many men that have held the post before.

If not there's an election next year...

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Labour looses members ahead of key leadership vote

We now know why first women leader Cllr Johnson and not Cllr Poole became leader of the Council.

It seems that not only did Cllr Hart quit as leader of Thanet District Council but Cllr Poole also refused the leadership as he intended to quit the party altogether. As has Cllr Fenner.

According to Kent Online Cllr Iris Johnston said I am very sad. I have not heard directly from either Michelle or Alan. I am very fond of both of them and they have both been very hard-working councillors.

It has been suggested that Cllr Poole had been offered a position in the Labour cabinet perhaps in an attempt to encourage him to stay.

With Labour shedding members to the growing independent collective as Conservatives did previously how is the vote likely to stack up for choosing a leader?

Keep reading to see how the numbers stack up.

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Woman on top after controversial resignation

Thanet District Council leader Clive Hart has resigned ahead of this week's AGM handing control of the council to Iris Johnson.

Iris Johnson

Amid allegations aimed at all and sundry Councillor Clive Hart resigned as leader of Thanet District Council yesterday. Hart, who tried to blame the Green party for his exit, posted the announcement on Facebook.

Councillor Iris Johnson was then confirmed to be taking over as council leader giving Thanet a sudden change to a female leader. (If anyone knows if this is the first lady leader of the council we have had please post a comment).

Johnson's leadership will last until the 15th (Thursday) when a vote will be taken at the public AGM.

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