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UKIP 'neither wants or needs Manston to become a lorry park'

UKIP have released a joint statement from Nigel Farage and Chris Wells, the Leader of Thanet district Council, in response to the announcement that Manston airport would be used to ease traffic congestion.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage issues joint statement opposing plan for Manston. Credit: Reuters

UKIP neither wants nor needs the Ramsgate area, including Manston, to become a lorry park.

This is a simplistic and short term approach to the ongoing crisis in Calais and Dover.

UKIP-controlled Thanet District Council is only interested in getting lorries moving so that business can flourish, not simply transferring the parking problem from Dover into the neighbouring districts.

– UKIP Statement

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Minister confirms Manston will be used to ease M20 backlog

Manston airport will be used to ease congestion on M20 Credit: Google Maps

The government has confirmed that the disused Manston Airport in Kent will be used as an emergency lorry park to ease traffic backlogs caused by the growing number of migrants attempting to get to Britain from Calais.

Transport Minister Lord Ahmad said: "By using Manston Airfield we have secured an interim solution while we work to find a longer term resolution."

The Department for Transport said the agreement will enable Kent County Council, Highways England and Kent Police to use the site temporarily.

It said the priority was to keep traffic and goods moving and ensure people on both sides of the Channel could go about their lives normally.

O'Grady: Cilla's passing has left a 'huge void in my life'

TV host Paul O'Grady has said the passing of his friend Cilla Black has left a "huge void" in his life.

He was speaking ahead of a rerun of the programme, The One and Only Cilla Black, which was first aired in 2013, celebrating her 50 years in show business.

There's no more 'What's your name number one and where do you come from?'

There's no more calling out for our Graham.

And certainly no more lorra lorra laughs.

Look, Cilla was quite a Gal, and her passing has left a huge void in my life.

– TV host Paul O'Grady

Farmers protest over supermarket milk prices

British milk farmers turned out today in a protest designed to beat the supermarkets at their own game by giving milk, that they say the supermarkets are selling too cheaply, away for free.

The protests have been going on for a number of days.

The National Farmers Union say the supermarkets don't have a sustainable model for what they charge the consumer for the milk, or what the farmers actually get back.

ITV News Correspondent Ben Chapman reports:

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Cilla Black's sons say kind words have brought comfort

Cilla Black's three sons have spoken of their devastation today, as they prepare to bring their mother's body home.

They released a statement saying "We are devastated by the sad loss of our mother, but have been deeply touched by all the kind messages of support from her friends, fans, the public and media."

ITV News' Richard Pallot reports:

Heath claims examined by four police forces

From Kent, where Sir Edward Heath grew up, to Jersey, which he loved to sail to, the investigations into allegations of child abuse against him now run across four forces. The Met, who protected him as Prime Minister, say they are also are examining claims against him.

ITV News has spoken to a woman who says without the publicity she would not have come forward. She is one of a number of people who have contacted police since it was revealed the Wiltshire force were being investigated for dropping an investigation in the 1990s.

Operation Stack: Kent airport to be used as a lorry park

File photo dated 01/04/14 of Manston Airport in Kent, Credit: PA

A regional airport is to be used as an emergency lorry park when Operation Stack is in place, to help ease traffic in Kent caused by delays in Calais, ITV News understands.

It will be officially announced that the mothballed Manston Airport in Kent will be used as an emergency lorry park as part of a temporary alternative to vehicles queuing on the M20 as part of Operation Stack.

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