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On the starting blocks for election race

The Prime Minister called a general election last week to secure the strong leadership the United Kingdom needs to see us through Brexit and beyond.

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Life on Tapp with Blaise Tapp SUS-160516-112125001

A royal shift in mental health attitudes

Christmas has come very early indeed for political nerds - a full three years in fact - after our Prime Minister swapped her holiday hiking boots for running shoes.

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The Labour View SUS-170126-103738001

Caring for transport and environment

With the state of the roads and parking in Crawley, it’s unsurprising that when we discuss West Sussex County Council and Highways the focus is on the impact of the Conservatives’ cuts on the growing numbers of potholes, uneven pavements and their unwillingness to take responsibility, as the Highways Authority, for our local parking problems.

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The Conservative View with Cllr Duncan Crow SUS-170126-103712001

County council elections are important

It was a surprise when it was announced last week that there would be a general election on the 8th of June.

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Cabernet Franc from Hungary

RICHARD ESLING: Hungary for Cabernet Franc

No, it’s not a spelling mistake in the title.

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Why are there still bullies around?

Nobody likes a bully and the act of bullying is something that people don’t ever willingly admit to.

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Reds fan Steve Herbert

FAN’S VIEW: Steve Herbert says Good Friday’s point may prove to be valuable in quest to stay up

Unlike the previous home game against Plymouth, Crawley Town managed to hang on to secure a precious point at home to relegation-threatened Cheltenham Town last Friday.

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Alexia Rowley - Parenting the role of a lifetime

Alexia Rowley on why having a child really is for the long term

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Richard Esling at Chateau LAuberdiere with Jean-Michel Morille and Pascal Houis

RICHARD ESLING: Muscadet re-invents itself

The French dry white wine produced in the Western Loire valley, not far from the Atlantic Coast, has been around for a long time, not just in France but also on the UK market.

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White chocolate mousse with rhubarb panna cotta and rhurbarb pur�e

TONY STAPLES: Add a splash of pink to your chocolate dessert this Easter

Some flavours are just meant to go together and this Easter it is white chocolate and rhubarb, says Tony Staples, executive head chef at the Arora Hotel in Crawley.

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"Easter is the richer celebration and promise of the unimaginatively fertile reality of life beyond the grave"

A greater love and creativity

The Easter bunny, Easter eggs or an Easter bonnet parade (popular in the USA) all point us towards spring and new life.
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The Constituency View with Henry Smith MP SUS-170126-103725001

Wide-ranging inquiry into blood cancer care

Many of us have been affected, either directly or through a family member, by cancer.

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The Conservative View with Cllr Duncan Crow SUS-170126-103712001

We take our political responsibility seriously

When I became Leader of the Crawley Borough Council Conservative Group in 2014, I publicly stated that the Conservatives should act responsibly in opposition. We are there to hold the ruling Labour Group to account but we still have a responsibility to ensure that the Council runs well and that the right things are done for the town. While seeking to win political arguments does have its place, it must never come before acting responsibly and doing what is right for Crawley.

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Crawley Town fan Steve Herbert

FAN'S VIEW: Cup fever hits Town as cup final date set

Cup fever hit the town last week when Crawley Town’s much anticipated date for the Sussex Senior Cup final was announced.

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The Conservative View with Cllr Duncan Crow SUS-170126-103712001

Poor planning has driven parking to breaking point

Residents in many of Crawley’s neighbourhoods will know that poor planning in the past with a lack of foresight about future car ownership, has led to today’s parking difficulties where some streets simply do not have enough parking provision. While the past may be history, what I find frustrating is that with Labour at the helm at Crawley Borough Council, that yesterday’s mistakes are still being made today.

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A storm in a chocolate teacup

This is the week when the nation winds down early for a four-day weekend which, for many, will involve visiting family and stuffing our faces with Hot Cross Buns and cheap chocolate.

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The Constituency View with Henry Smith MP SUS-170126-103725001

Supporting parents getting back to work

This year, the Government is delivering on promises made in the 2015 Conservative manifesto to introduce Tax-Free Childcare to support parents back into work, and give working parents of three and four-year-olds 30 hours of free childcare a week.

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Bringing communities together

Many Sussex people will have taken part in Red Nose Day 2017 last month which raised an astonishing £71 million

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Our wide & rich range of leisure activities

One of the nicest bits of Crawley is the range and the quality of leisure facilities offered by the council. Yes, there are big sites like K2, the Hawth and Tilgate Park, each described as the ‘jewel in Crawley’s crown’ at different times, but they really only scratch the surface.

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Cr�mant tasting in London

RICHARD ESLING: The alternative to Champagne – and it’s not Prosecco

Last week saw a gathering of sparkling wine producers at a tasting in London, determined show that the (more affordable) alternative to champagne does not have to always be Prosecco, despite what the marketers would have you believe.

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