Ahead of the key vote on Monday on whether the UK should offer sanctuary to 3,000 child refugees, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has written to every MP calling on them to put party politics aside and 'stand up for humanity'.
The Government last week tried to buy off MPs with a proposal to take up to 3,000 additional people including children from Syria and North Africa over four years, but this will not help one of the thousands of children in Europe today.
Our local councils receive a large number of grants from the EU often for fairly hefty amounts of money. If we left the EU we would have to pay for that ourselves which could mean a substantial Council Tax increase.
Some of the projects that the EU has supported in Thanet
£26m EU funding specifically for Thanet to KCC from 2000 to 2006
A new electricity substation, providing electrical infrastructure to Thanet
Through EU legislation and cooperation, Britain's beaches are now cleaner. (thanet.gov.uk). Thanet now boasts 7 blue flag beaches:
Minnis Bay, Birchington
West Beach, Westgate
St Mildred's Bay, Westgate
Botany Bay, Broadstairs
Joss Bay, Broadstairs
Stone Bay, Broadstairs
Main Sands, Ramsgate
Refurbishment of the historic arches, Military Road, Ramsgate
Ramsgate Harbour Pontoon project
EU funding was provided towards the Kent High-Speed Rail Network to improve Ashford and Ebbsfleet and connected stations. High-Speed trains from Ramsgate and Minster run on this line and now take 1hr 14mins to London.
Right now, Thanet has seven beautiful Blue Flag Beaches. We want to keep them that way.
The Blue Flag is a certification by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) that a beach (among other things) meets its stringent standards. To get a Blue Flag a beach must meet certain high standards for water quality, safety, and a number of other criteria.
Since the General Election, membership in Thanet of the Liberal Democrats has increased by over 50%. On Tuesday in Broadstairs, a separate Thanet branch was set up within the East Kent Coast party (which also includes Dover and Deal). Mika Griffiths, Chair of the new branch, emphasised that many of the new members are young people who want a fairer approach to running the country.
"The sheer volume of serious and sobering evidence against turning our backs on Europe is overwhelming. The Treasury assessment today, showing a £4,300 cost to families, gives another stark warning about the impact on every household in Britain.