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Community collection for families who lost everything in Kent fire

The residents of a Kent village are showing the true spirit of Christmas by rallying round to help three families whose homes were destroyed by fire.

At it's height 50 fire fighters battled the blaze in Biddenden on Monday. But already thousands of pounds have been raised and sack-fulls of toys and clothes donated to replace items that were destroyed.

When the homes of three families from Biddenden were gutted by fire they woke up in time and escapes with their lives but clothes, Christmas presents and treasured possessions were destroyed.

Within hours local resident Claire Passmore had invited people to bring whatever they could to the barn where she runs her business - for the adults and seven children aged between 2 and 11 who have had to leave their homes.

Residents Becky and Tom Claykens spoke of their immense gratitude to those who had contributed

  1. Phil Hornby

The Last Word, December 2018

It's been an extraordinary few days here at Parliament. But then, in these last weeks in Westminster, we've had week after week of extraordinary events.

Theresa May is leading her party into the a vote on her Brexit deal in Tuesday which only the most optimistic of her troops think she can win.

And Nigel Farage, the South East MEP who started the ball rolling on Brexit, parted company with UKIP, the party he'd led and dominated for so long.

And this week's report on railways: passengers from Kent Sussex and Surrey were subjected to the most 'appalling' treatment, with 'dangerous' overcrowding after last May's timetable changes.

To debate all this and more:-

  • John Howell MP, Conservative member for Henley
  • Baroness Smith, Angela Smith for Labour, from Sussex
  • Lord Fox, Chris Fox from Windsor, for the Lib Dems; and
  • Henry Bolton from Kent, now with 'Our Nation' the former UKIP leader
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