INDEPENDENT candidate Ann Barnes spent £70,000 on her bid to be elected Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, it has emerged today.
The financing of the former Kent Police Authority chairman's campaign included £50,000 of her own money, left to her following the death of her father.
There is a growing sense this morning that Ms Barnes will have attracted strong support in yesterday's election.
Speaking at the count in Dover earlier, her campaign manager Peter Carroll said: "The impression I'm getting is we've done well.
"If she beats the Conservatives it will be the biggest political upset I've ever heard of."
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