Author: Chris Cornell

Officials have “clammed up” over the Oyster Festival

Local Labour party councillor for Gorrell Ward, Bernadette Fisher, is disappointed that there will be no further public consultation on the future of the Whitstable Oyster Festival following this year’s scaled down three-day event. ‘Putting future Oyster festivals out to tender before consulting with the public could be seen as putting the cart before the horse,’ says Bernadette. ‘This should have been a review-led process and I am disappointed to find that before the dust has settled on this year’s festival, there is a deadline of August 31st for a four-year contract. Last year, when we reviewed the festival,...

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International Women’s Network welcome election of Canterbury’s first female MP

Carole Townsend, President of the Canterbury branch of Soroptomist International, welcomed the election of Rosie Duffield this week as Canterbury’s first female MP. The Soroptomists are a global movement of women who exist to educate, empower and enable opportunities for women and girls across the world. Rosie was elected as one of a record number of female MP’s at this years General Election(208) but men still outnumber women almost 2:1. It wasn’t until the 2015 parliament that the total number of female MPs in history surpassed the number of male MPs in a single parliament. Rosie is a prominent supporter of...

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Rosie helps Whitstable celebrate Refugee Week

Yesterday saw the end of Refugee Week and to celebrate Rosie Duffield, MP for Canterbury, attended the fundraising “Refugee Tea” arranged by the Whitstable-Calais Solidarity Group. Refugee Week was started in 1998 as a direct reaction to the hostility in the media and society towards refugees and asylum seekers. It aims to facilitate positive encounters between refugees and the general public, showcase the talent and expertise refugees bring with them to the UK and raise awareness of the reality of refugee experience. Statistics from UNICEF last year highlight that the number of child refugees has increased almost 80% in the...

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Cider with Rosie

Kevin Flack, Chair of Swanley Labour Party reflects on last Saturday’s victory party at the Whitstable Labour Club: “In last year’s Swanley by-elections, we were helped by a great Labour team from Canterbury, including a really enthusiastic activist called Rosie Duffield. When we heard she was standing for Parliament we thought it well deserved. When she won Canterbury for Labour for the first time ever it made our election night. So I had to go down to her victory party to thank her for supporting us and congratulate her. Walking down from the station to the Whitstable Labour Club...

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