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Labour wins Dane Valley election

By This is Kent  |  Posted: December 04, 2009

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​LABOUR have taken a Thanet council seat from the the ruling Tories, who were pushed into third place in yesterday’s Dane Valley by-election.

The Conservatives, whose previous candidate for the Margate ward Stephen Broadhurst was forced to resign when it emerged he spent much of his time in Panama, were piped to second place by Liberal Democrat Bill Furness, with Labour’s Sandra Hart taking the seat.

Mrs Hart, wife of Thanet Labour leader Clive, got 318 votes, Mr Furness took 260, Tory Ingrid Spencer 222 and independent Wendy Allan 130.

A cold, rainy day meant voter turnout was a dreary 17 per cent.

Mum-of-two Mrs Hart, 58, said: “I’m very surprised and pleased to have won.

“It shows that people of Dane Valley need to be listened to a lot more than they have been, about derelict properties in the area, about rubbish and many other things.

“As a hair dresser I am a very good listener. I look forward to representing Dane Valley in the council and thank everyone who came out to vote for me.”

Lib Dem Bill Furness said coming second was a historic result for his party in Thanet, and showed “people don’t want the Tories anymore”.

Conservative Ingrid Spencer said she was disappointed by the result which she put down to the bad weather which had made it difficult for her supporters to get out and vote.

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    rob, winterton N Links ex Strood  |  December 18 2009, 12:34AM

    Skegness has nothing to brag about. Bleeding Labour and Conservatives wouldnt know how to organise a Pi%^&*s up in a brewery.

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    garreth, lincolnshire  |  December 08 2009, 12:23AM

    GREAT TO SEE LABOUR WIN IN MARGATE, IT IS WHAT THANET NEEDS AFTER THE CONSERVATIVES HAVE RUINED THE PLACE . THE PLACE HAS BEEN RUINED BY THEM THEY CAN SAY PEOPLE DONT GO TO THE SEASIDE ANYMORE BUT THAT IS WRONG, UP IN SKEGNESS WE HAVE HAD LABOUR FOR YEARS AND WE HAVE DEVELOPMENT AND TOURISTS, THE TORYS IN THANET WERE ONLY INTERESTED IN THERESELVES, PS GOOD LUCK MARGATE FC

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    CHRISTINE TONGUE, THANET  |  December 04 2009, 10:32AM

    Brilliant! Exposes the total lack of confidence we all have in the current administration. The council should now be thinking carefully about how it has lost so much support.

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