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Say Hello to the NEW Labour Candidate for DOVER and DEAL!

Labour selects local candidate to fight the General Election in Dover & Deal

The local Labour Party has selected Clair Hawkins from Deal to take on the Tories at the next General Election – and to mark the importance of the decision the General Secretary of the Labour Party, Iain McNicol made a special visit to Deal to hear the announcement and welcome Clair as the Party’s newest parliamentary candidate.

Exciting times for LABOUR.
Clair was elected from a shortlist of three – the other candidates were Francis Rehal from Faversham and Louise Rees-Jones from the Wirral on Merseyside.

Clair, who was born in Dover and brought up in Deal, now works for The Aylesham Neighbourhood Project where she helps people into employment by increasing their skill levels.

Speaking to party members after the declaration of the election results Clair said:
“It’s an enormous privilege to be selected as Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for this very special constituency, which I’m proud to call home. This is a crucial marginal seat which we must regain to elect a Labour Government and I’m grateful to every member who showed their confidence in my candidature, by voting for me in such numbers and endorsing my campaign.

“I was competing with two very able candidates – and it’s gratifying that the whole selection process, which included short-listing interviews, three hustings and a constituency wide election was conducted in such a transparent and comradely fashion”

Gwyn Prosser served as Labour’s MP for 13 years until he lost his seat in 2010 and after informing the Party that he would not be seeking re-selection, Labour’s National Executive Committee declared that the constituency would re-select under its ‘All Women Shortlist’ rules (AWSL).

Gwyn Prosser said:
“Labour’s AWSL arrangements have ensured that our Party has a greater proportion of women in Parliament than any of the others and I’ll be doing my best to help Clair Hawkins join their numbers after the General Election.

“I’ve known Clair and her family for over 20 years and I know she has the enthusiasm, energy and political know-how necessary to take on the Tories and regain the seat for Labour. Clair was born and bred in the constituency, she is passionate about working for Dover & Deal and proud to call it her home. She is a genuine local candidate, she has overwhelming support in the local Party and our rigorous selection process has proved her to be the right person for the job”

Picture above shows Iain McNicol, the General Secretary of the Labour Party, new candidate Clair Hawkins, and the legend himself Gwyn Prosser Labour MP here for 13 years.

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As excitement builds as the Olympic Torch Relay works its way across the country, Dover District Council is pleased to confirm that ticket registration for the evening celebration stage show on Dover Seafront opens this week.

Tickets for the stage show, which includes a performance from chart toppers Rizzle Kicks, are available from from Thursday 31 May.

Anyone wanting tickets will need to register between 31 May and 14 June. Recipients will be selected via ballot (with the majority of tickets going to Dover District residents) and all applicants will be contacted by Ticketmaster between 15 and 18 June. Tickets will be free, however a small administration fee of £2 per ticket will apply. Each household will be able to apply for up to five tickets. Applicants must be aged 18 or over and any under 16-year-olds will need to be accompanied by an adult at the event. A full list of terms and conditions can be found on the Ticketmaster website.

The stage show, on Dover Seafront on 18 July, starts at around 5.30pm (gates opening from 2pm), and includes:

· 20 minutes of local entertainment, including: the song ‘Pass the Passion’ written and sung by children from a range of local schools; the Snowdown Colliery Male Choir; and local cheerleaders the Vista Twisters and CJ Dance Cheer Squad
· ‘Lloyds TSB Flame Followers Spectacular’ - a unique fusion of street performance, theatre and sport
· Samsung staging 20 minutes of amazing dance performances, including a routine from Britain’s Got Talent 2010 Finalists ‘Twist & Pulse’
· Coca-Cola showcasing 20 minutes of the hip hop duo Rizzle Kicks
· The last Torchbearer of the day lighting a celebration cauldron.

The Olympic Torch Relay Evening Celebration - Song for Dover - is produced by a partnership between Dover District Council, Arts Council England, The World Famous and Kent County Council.

The stage show is organised by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and the three Presenting Partners of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay – Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung.


There are plenty of activities to enjoy in addition to the ticketed stage show, including lining the route as the Olympic Torch Relay works its way around Dover, before the Torch arrives on the stage.

A spectacular firework finale on Dover Seafront from 9.45pm rounds of this unique event, and is open to everyone. This specially commissioned show, created by Kent-based pyrotechnicians The World Famous, will combine five local choirs - singing new music by Helen Chadwick and Howard Moody – with fireworks across Dover Harbour.

A Park and Ride system will be operated from two car park sites, situated away from the town centre, working on a first come first served basis.  One will be at Farthingloe in the area adjacent to the B2011, and the other will be in the Duke of York's field off the A258 at Guston. The total available spaces for both sites will be approximately 8,000.

If you would like to apply for tickets for the stage show, but do not have access to a computer, please call into the Dover Gateway office in Castle Street, Dover where customer service staff will be able to assist you.

For more information on celebrations in the area, please call the Olympic Celebrations hotline on 01304 663801 or see

Gunboat Diplomacy!

For a couple of hours yesterday the harbour entrance was blocked by the gunboat on show above. All our ferries had to change tack and use the western entrance for too-ing and fro-ing to France. The vessel had been lurking about for a day or so previously before the blockage, and after the harbour was open again it continued to lurk in the immediate vicinity. What was afoot we do not know..if we hear anything further we will of course let you know.
We are back in thick peasouper territory this morning as we write so nothing visible....
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