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Election Results: Canterbury, Faversham, Herne Bay and Whitstable

By This is Kent  |  Posted: June 17, 2009

  • The County Council count at Westgate Hall, Canterbury

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TORIES blew all opposition out of the water to retain their control of Kent in the county elections.

The Conservative party won 74 of the 84 seats being contested, with the Liberal Democrats taking seven and a struggling Labour taking just two.

Tory councillor Graham Gibbens retained his position of Canterbury City North East for the third time with 1625 votes.

Speaking from Westgate Hall he said: "I'm delighted. Voters want councillors who are local and get involved with the local community and I hope to carry on doing that."

Tory councillor John Simmonds also kept his seat for Canterbury City West blowing away the opposition with 2,118 votes.

"I was delighted to get 80 per cent of the vote," he said.

"It's a lovely rural constituency and I'm just very pleased the voters stayed loyal to me."

It was a similar story in Canterbury South East where Tory county councillor Michael Northey remained in his position with 2,458 votes.

He said: "It's a real thrill to me to be able to have a second term to finish some of work I started."

He negotiated for county councillors to have £25,000 to spend on highways projects in their areas.

The only seat in the city not to go to a Tory was Canterbury City South West which was retained by Liberal Democrat Martin Vye.

He said: "I'm very pleased that the people of Westgate and Wincheap have retained their trust in me for the next four years. I am supported by a very good band of city councillors who work very hard."

Tory Tom Gates won the race for a KCC seat at a canter in Faversham.

He said: "I was quietly confident that I could win but one never knows what with all the bad press recently.

"We had a very good turnout and it is good to know that the people of Faversham take voting seriously. There were five good candidates and it was a good fight so I am over the moon to have won."

Runner-up Stephen Rowlstone of the Liberal Democrats said: "We were hoping to really give the other parties a reminder that we are here.

"We were very pleased to hit second and push out Labour and our responses on the doorstep were really promising.

"It is the first time I have stood so it was positive result."

Labour's Trevor Payne was third. He said: "It has not gone well for us. We lost Sheerness which is bad for the people and bad for the party.

"We are standing by to be disappointed but we are in politics for the long term. We need to knuckle down and try even harder to connect with people."

Gary Miller of the Green Party came in last but still had a good number of votes. He said: "There is a huge amount of ill feeling towards the Government so it was a good time for other parties.

"We want to discuss the big issues like climate change and local councils don't seem to know enough about it. We want small towns to stand on their own two feet and keep things local. I would have been happy with third or fourth."

Despite some strong support for John Moore, the UKip candidate for Herne and Sturry with 1,095 votes, the victor was the current Tory councillor Alan Marsh with 2,083.

Cllr Marsh said: "My share of vote went up by five per cent so I'm very happy with that."

In Whitstable both Tory councillors Mike Harrison and Mark Dance kept their seats.

Cllr Dance said: "I'm absolutely delighted with the level of support.

"We have to continue to get as much resources we can for Whitstable."

In Herne Bay the Tories' Jean Law and David Hirst also kept their seats.

Cllr Law said: "We still have a lot of work to do but I'm delighted and privileged to still be re-elected."

"We have a lot of unfinished business," added Cllr Hirst. "There is a tremendous amount to do for Herne Bay but I believe Jean and I will be able to achieve much.

"I particularly want to target binge drinking, drug addiction and anti-social behaviour."

The announcement that Herne Bay BNP candidate William Hitches received 472 votes was met with a cry of "dirty filthy scum" from Lib Dem leader Cllr Alex Perkins.

A reflection of voters' disillusionment with the government was the lack of votes for the Labour candidates.

In the Canterbury district they have become the least supported party and have even been overtaken by the Green Party.

Labour candidate for Whitstable Phil Cartwright admitted: "My prediction that it wasn't going to be too bad was way out."

Delighted Green leader Geoff Meaden said: "We came third in most areas and doubled our votes from last time. We are really pleased about that."

THERE were 336 spoiled votes in the European elections and 185 in the county council elections.

Some councillors said it was a result of the MPs expenses scandal.

Tory Cllr Alan Marsh said: "We had around 30 spoiled votes where people had either drawn a line through the whole lot or written 'none of the above'.

"Someone had written 'You're all crooks and you all steal money.'

"It showed people are disillusioned with Westminster politics.

"People can be reassured that local government is not run on the same principles and values."

Whitstable had the most spoiled or rejected votes with 67 people posting votes which were either "unmarked or wholly void for uncertainty."

Tory Cllr Mike Harrison said: "I can't believe people took the time to go to the polling station to spoil their papers. It was just a wasted vote.

"They have been hearing what MPs have been doing and they are very angry but thank goodness some of them have still been voting locally."


Canterbury City North East

Graham Gibbens (Co) - 1,625 (elected)

Jo Calvert-Mindell (Lib Dem) 1,191

Geoffery Meaden (Green) 436

Alan Baldock (Lab) - 351

Turnout: 36.8 per cent

Canterbury City South West

Martin Vye (Lib Dem) 2,263 (elected)

Margaret Robinson (Con) 1,256

Elaine Godden (Green) 673

Jean Butcher (Lab) 391

Turnout: 38.3 per cent

Canterbury City South East

Michael Northey (Con) 2,458 (elected)

Philip Whitburn (Lib Dem) 1,804

Judith Meaden (Green) 687

David McLellan (Lab) 356

Turnout: 43.7 per cent

Canterbury West

John Simmonds (Con) 2,119 (elected)

Derek Maslin (Lib Dem) 988

Stanley Evans (Green) 743

Ian Leslie (Lab) 472

Turnout: 35.8 per cent


Tom Gates (Con) 2,412 (elected)

Stephen Rowlestone (Lib Dem) 798

Trevor Payne (Lab) 682

Shirley Allen (UKip) 680

Gary Miller (Green) 553

Turnout: 36.8 per cent

Herne and Sturry

Alan Marsh (Con) 2,083 (elected)

John Moore (UKip) 1,095

Monica Eden-Green (Lib Dem) 826

Cecile Manning (Lab) 472

Turnout: 35 per cent

Herne Bay

Jean Law (Con) 2,902 (elected)

David Hirst (Con) 2,805 (elected)

Margaret Flaherty (Lib Dem) 2,190

June Raybaud (Lib Dem) 1,862

Ronald Garretty (UKip) 1,614

Brian McDowall (UKip) 1,419

Michael Britton (Lab) 670

Aaron Kiely (Green) - 592

William Hitches (BNP) 472

George Price (Lab) 470

Turnout: 36.8 per cent


Mark Dance (Con) 4,905 (elected)

Mike Harrison (Con) 4,826 (elected)

Donna Dwight (Lib Dem) 2,118

Jolyon Trimmingham (Green) 2,072

David Mummery (Lib Dem) 1,876

Phil Cartwright (Lab) 1,365

Ben Furber (Lab) 1,247

Anne Belsey (Money) 523

Turnout: 40.4 per cent

Labour also took a battering in the European elections, dropping to fifth behind UKip and the Greens.

EU south east

Cons: 812,288 votes (no change) 4 MEPs

UKip: 440,002 votes (+1 per cent) 2 MEPs

Green: 271,506 (+4 per cent) 1 MEP

Lib Dem: 330,340 (-1 per cent) 2 MEPs

Lab: 192,592 (-5 per cent) 1 MEPs

BNP: 101,769 (+1.4 per cent)

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