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Kent local elections: Results from Dover


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The first results are in for the Kent County Council elections in the Dover district.

Voters in the Dover district have been asked to decide which party will control Kent County Council and who will be the next police and crime commissioner for Kent.

The KCC political map for the Dover district shows three out of five divisions stay blue
The KCC political map for the Dover district shows three out of five divisions stay blue

Polling stations were open yesterday and counts began today.

KCC - which looks after schools, roads and social care, among other things - is currently run by a Tory administration after the party regained control in 2017.

The vote will decide which political party takes control at County Hall in Maidstone
The vote will decide which political party takes control at County Hall in Maidstone

The authority is made up of 81 councillors who are elected every four years.

In the Dover district there were 32 candidates across the area's five divisions: Dover North, Dover Town, Dover West, Deal & Walmer and Sandwich.

Nine of whom were women. There were equal numbers of candidates representing the big three political parties: seven for Labour, seven for the Conservatives and seven for the Lib Democrats.

Polling stations were set up to be Covid secure
Polling stations were set up to be Covid secure

In addition five stood for the Green Party, there were four independent candidates, and two representing the Workers Party of Britain.

Sandwich

One seat was available and Tory councillor Sue Chandler was re-elected with 60% of the votes (2808).

Sue Chandler has been re-elected as KCC councillor for Sandwich
Sue Chandler has been re-elected as KCC councillor for Sandwich
The results are in for Sandwich (46941388)
The results are in for Sandwich (46941388)

Cllr Chandler, who lives in Cop Street, Ash, also sits on Dover District Council (DDC).

Sandwich's runner up was Labour's Barney Sadler who obtained 16% of the vote (749) and The Green Party's Abigail Stroud won 11% of votes (508).

Cllr Chandler was re-elected with a majority of 44%, a change of -2% from the previous election. A total of 4700 votes were cast, representing a turnout of 35% .

Dover West

One seat was available and David Gary Beaney (Con) was elected. He won 62% of the vote (2663).

David Beaney has been elected to Kent County Council and will represent Dover West
David Beaney has been elected to Kent County Council and will represent Dover West
The Conservatives took the Dover West seat (46941391)
The Conservatives took the Dover West seat (46941391)

Labour's Pam Brivio took 23% of the vote (1007) followed by Nicholas Shread of the Green Party.

Cllr Beaney was elected with a majority of 39%. A total of 4296 votes were cast, representing a turnout of 34% .

Dover North

This division also had one seat to fill and Steve Manion was elected with 52% of the vote (2138).

Cllr Steve Manion continues as KCC councillor for the Dover North divison having got 52% of votes. Picture Kent County Council
Cllr Steve Manion continues as KCC councillor for the Dover North divison having got 52% of votes. Picture Kent County Council
There is no change to the Dover North division
There is no change to the Dover North division

He had been a KCC councillor since 2009. His vote percentage dropped from 53.72% (2074) in 2017s local election.

Cllr Manion was elected with a majority of 26%. A total of 4129 votes were cast, representing a turnout of 34% .

Dover Town

There were two seats available for the Dover Town division which were retained by the Tories.

DDC Cllr Nigel Collor
DDC Cllr Nigel Collor

Cllr Nigel Collor won 26% of votes (2977) followed by fellow conservative Oliver Richardson with 20% (2287).

Cllr Oliver Richardson. Picture Dover District Council
Cllr Oliver Richardson. Picture Dover District Council

The runners up were Labour candidates Dom Howden and Charlotte Zosseder with 17% and 16% respectively.

The political map in the Dover district remains blue (46943894)
The political map in the Dover district remains blue (46943894)

Cllr Collor was re-elected with a majority of 6%, a change of 5% from the previous election. A total of 11499 votes were cast, representing a turnout of 25% .

Deal &Walmer

There were two seats available in Deal &Walmer.

Cllr Trevor Bond
Cllr Trevor Bond

Trevor Bond was elected having won 25% of votes (3964) and Derek Murphy takes the other seat with 23% of votes (3693).

Cllr Derek Murphy (Walmer)
Cllr Derek Murphy (Walmer)

The nearest candidates were Eileen Rowbotham with 17% of votes and Edward Arthur Biggs won 15%.

Cllr Bond was re-elected with a majority of 2%, a change of 1% from the previous election. A total of 15980 votes were cast, representing a turnout of 35% .

The Tories kept the two seats available for Deal & Walmer
The Tories kept the two seats available for Deal & Walmer

Full list of candidates:

Dover Town (9): Nigel Collor (Con) Robert Colin Franklin (Lib Dem), Dom Howden (Lab), David Campbell Kerr (Workers part of Britain), Luke Thomas Lyden (Lib Dem), Oliver Richardson (Con), Beccy Sawbridge (Green), Graham Richard Wanstall (Inde) and Charlotte Zosseder (Lab).

Dover West (4): David Gary Beaney (Con), Rick Blackwell (Lib Dem), Pamela Mary Brivio (Lab), Nicholas Shred (Green).

Dover North (4): Stephen Charles Manion (Con), Annabel Helen Veronica Stogdon (Lib Dem), Sarah Ann Waite-Gleave (Green) and Charles Francis Woodgate (Lab).

Deal & Walmer (10): Edward Athur Biggs (Lab), Trevor Antony Bond (Con), Mike Eddy (Green), Bobby Falaise (Inde), John Francis Gosling (Lib Dem), Penelope Laetitia James (Lib Dem), Derek Peter Murphy (Con), Eileen Diane Rowbotham (Lab), Christopher Colin Tasker (Workers Party of Britain), Chris Tough (Inde)

Sandwich (5): Paul Ivor Carter (Inde), Sue Chandler (Con), Vernon Charles Recas (Lib Dem), Barney Sadler (Labour), Abigail Stroud (Green).

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