In Dover & Deal, the Conservative team did really well in the Kent County Council elections. With five gains, we achieved a clean sweep of all six divisions fully in the constituency (Eastry and Sholden fall into the Conservative held Sandwich division). We went from just one seat to a "full house" of six. A strong team of excellent and hard working Conservative councillors have been sent to county hall. Congratulations to our new County Councillors! Joining incumbent Dover West County Cllr Bryan Cope (and Cllr Leyland Ridings who represents Sandwich), the new councillors are:
Deal - C Cllrs Julie Rook and Kit Smith
Dover Town - C Cllrs Nigel Collor and Roger Frayne
Dover North - C Cllr Steve Manion
The elections saw a well above trend swing from Labour to Conservative of nearly 14%. This was not just a routine Labour collapse. The Conservative share of the vote also rose very strongly. All parties were surprised by the result in Dover Town where the swing was a hurricane level 18%, the Conservative vote share rising by 15%.
Thank you to everyone who voted Conservative. We want you to know that while we are all delighted and extremely grateful, we understand there is no room for complacency or triumphalism. Each new county councillor knows that they have to fight for our community day and night. That they are servants of the people. That they will not forget they hold the public trust and must bring us honour . . . as well as our fair share. They will work to improve healthcare, strengthen our local economy, improve policing, strengthen our borders at every turn and be there for people in need.
This is without doubt a very strong position for the Dover & Deal Conservatives heading into the General Election. Yet again there is no room for complacency, I and our team take nothing for granted and we know we will still have to work like Trojans for a General Election win! And we know that it is at the General Election that we can make the real change. For only a change of Government will really enable us to improve local healthcare, boost our economy (safeguarding the port and getting the A2 dualled for example) and to make sweeping changes that will make our borders secure, stamping out human trafficking and keeping drugs out of Britain.
For the six county divisions fully covering Dover & Deal the overall results were as follows:
Votes % share Change
Con 11,338 43.7 8.1
Lab 6,163 23.8 -18.5
LD 6,040 23.3 4.2
Other 2,405 9.3 7.4
Note: Labour came within 123 votes of falling into third place. When the Eastry and Sholden villages of the Sandwich county division are taken into account, it is almost certain that Labour fell into third place across the constituency.
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