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Conservatives keep control of Dover District Council while Lib Dems and Greens suffer local elections defeat

By Eleanor Perkins

Local election results in Dover bucked the national trend with not a single Lib Dem or Green seat gained.

The Conservative Party retained leadership on Dover District Council (DDC) with 19 seats, while Labour gained 13. There was one independent.

This was despite boundary changes which reduced the number of seats from 45 to 32.

DDC leader Keith Morris won a seat in the Guston, Kingsdown and St Margaret's ward
DDC leader Keith Morris won a seat in the Guston, Kingsdown and St Margaret's ward
DDC chief executive Nadeem Aziz announces the results
DDC chief executive Nadeem Aziz announces the results
Local election count 2019 inside Dover Town Hall
Local election count 2019 inside Dover Town Hall

DDC chairman Cllr Sue Chandler gained a seat in the ward of Sandwich. She attributed the district's result anomaly to the hard work of Tory members including both MPs Charlie Elphicke and Craig Mackinlay who she says continue to work towards delivering Brexit for the district.

Council leader Keith Morris reacted with a pledge to create jobs and boost tourism over the next four year term.

Trevor Bartlett (Con) and Mike Conolly (Con) will continue to represent the Little Stour and Ashstone ward
Trevor Bartlett (Con) and Mike Conolly (Con) will continue to represent the Little Stour and Ashstone ward
Mark Rose (Con) remains a ward councillor for Dover Downs and River
Mark Rose (Con) remains a ward councillor for Dover Downs and River

He said: "We did remarkably well. We had a plan. The plan worked almost to the letter.

"It was to win 18:14. We actually won 19:13. We went slightly over where we thought we would, so we're very happy.

Top of his list of priorities is "just getting back to work after the Bank Holiday."

Peter Jull (Con) gained a seat in North Deal
Peter Jull (Con) gained a seat in North Deal

He added: "I need to form my new team, which we'll do next week.

"Then we've got a full raft of policies to do with more jobs, more money coming in for the district, better tourism, all of that within making sure the environment is always looked after."

Our reporter Eleanor Perkins was tweeting results live from the count at Dover Town Hall today after counting began at 10.30am.

Charlotte Zosseder took the seat for Labour in the Buckland ward, pictured with Pam Brivio ((Lab) of Tower Hamlets
Charlotte Zosseder took the seat for Labour in the Buckland ward, pictured with Pam Brivio ((Lab) of Tower Hamlets

The Labour Party, while pleased with how they did, were sad to lose a number of experienced members.

This included Gordon Cowen, Bill Gardner and Ann Napier.

Deal and Dover Green Party members Sarah Gleave, Beccy Sawbridge, Mike Eddy and John Lonsdale
Deal and Dover Green Party members Sarah Gleave, Beccy Sawbridge, Mike Eddy and John Lonsdale

Green Party candidate Mike Eddy who retained his seat on Deal Town Council but lost out on a seat on DDC celebrated the party’s national achievements.

He defected from Labour Party in November.

Liberal Democrats Aston Mannerings and Penelope James
Liberal Democrats Aston Mannerings and Penelope James

Deal and Dover Liberal Democrat chairman Aston Mannerings marginally dipped out on a seat to Conservative Jamie Rose, 29, for Alkham and Capel-le-Ferne.

He said that he thought the boundary changes hadn’t helped his party gain seats.

Jamie Rose, 29, (Con) took the seat in the Alkham and Capel-le-Ferne ward
Jamie Rose, 29, (Con) took the seat in the Alkham and Capel-le-Ferne ward

He said: "It’s always helpful when you’re a small party to have a smaller area to campaign in, but boundary changes inevitably led to more people being represented by one councillor so it’s not helped. But that is not to say that’s the reason for it.

"Perhaps we didn’t get our message across hard enough and that’s something we need to work on in the future."

Votes were counted throughout Friday at Dover Town Hall
Votes were counted throughout Friday at Dover Town Hall

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