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Kent General Election results: Labour take seat in Canterbury

By KentOnline reporter

 

It's been a dramatic General Election with the Conservatives losing their overall majority.

The results represent a huge setback for Prime Minster Theresa May, whose gamble on calling an election to strengthen her hand in Brexit negotiations has backfired spectacularly.

Latest estimates predict the Tories will LOSE 13 seats having originally expecting to win a comfortable majority.

Sir Julian Brazier watches the national news. Picture Chris Davey

Sir Julian Brazier watches the national news. Picture: Chris Davey

And Kent - traditionally a True Blue Tory heartland - now has a splash of red after Canterbury and Whitstable MP Julian Brazier lost his seat to Labour's Rosie Duffield.

It had been a Tory seat for a record 150 years.

Rosie Duffield celebrates her shock victory

Rosie Duffield celebrates her shock victory

Full reaction is on our live blog. 

Theresa May in Downing Street. Picture Barry Goodwin

Theresa May in Downing Street. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Elsewhere in Kent, Conservatives Damian Collins, Michael Fallon, Charlie Elphicke have held Folkestone & Hythe, Sevenoaks and Dover respectively for the Conservatives

Greg Clark has been re-elected as Conservative MP for Tunbridge Wells while Adam Holloway held Gravesham for the Tories

Damian Green held Ashford for the Conservatives, while Gordon Henderson did likewise in Sittingbourne and Sheppey

Gareth Johnson held Dartford for the Tories, colleague Tom Tugendhat held Tonbridge and Malling

Helen Grant won comfortably in Maidstone and the Weald for the Tories, Helen Whately did likewise in Faversham and Mid Kent

Kelly Tolhurst retained Rochester and Strood for the Conservatives while Tracey Crouch retained Chatham and Aylesford.

Rehman Chishti held Gillingham and Rainham for the Conservatives.

Craig Mackinlay - facing a criminal trial relating to the last election - retained Thanet South for the Conservatives while Sir Roger Gale retained North Thanet.

Turnout has ranged from 73.6% in Tonbridge and Malling to 62.98% in Sittingbourne and Sheppey.

You can read analysis by our political editor Paul Francis here. 

 

 

 

 

 

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