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Kent County Council elections: Meet the candidates


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FAVERSHAM

David Simmons, Conservative: My family’s farming business has operated in Faversham for 140 years. I am a town and borough councillor and will be campaigning for improved law and order, ensuring the roads and street lights are maintained and making sure necessary infrastructure is in place for new housing. It is vital the town has a strong voice at KCC.

Conservative candidate for Faversham David Simmons.
Conservative candidate for Faversham David Simmons.

Peter Hutchinson, Green: My support for the Green party derives from the view that concern for the environment and for the quality of people’s lives should be at the heart of decision making at every level. I want to push KCC to ensure development in Faversham includes places to work and live and reflects the wishes of local people.

Green party candidate for Faversham Peter Hutchinson.
Green party candidate for Faversham Peter Hutchinson.

Christine Palmer, Ukip: I have worked in social care for my entire career and became interested in politics as a direct result of trying to meet specific care quality standards within a sector that has suffered enormous changes in benefits, funding, delivery of service and red tape. I want to target problems with the NHS and housing.

Trevor Payne, Labour: There is a political imbalance at KCC which has led to complacency. It is clear Faversham is not getting a fair deal and I will be campaigning to change this, for more affordable homes, continued funding for children’s centres, NHS facilities and a better bus service in the town and nearby villages.

Labour candidate for Faversham Trevor Payne.
Labour candidate for Faversham Trevor Payne.

Antony Hook, Lib Dem: I am passionate about the NHS and the government’s plan to scrap urgent and specialist services at Kent and Canterbury Hospital is a disgrace and an attack on Faversham patients. I want to use my skills as a barrister to speak up for everyone in our town, for health, social care and anti-social behaviour.

Lib-dem candidate for Faversham Antony Hook.
Lib-dem candidate for Faversham Antony Hook.

SWALE EAST

Andrew Bowles, Conservative: I was born, raised a family and still live in Swale East. I have served as a parish, borough and Kent County Councillor. If re-elected I will continue to campaign for better, more local health services and for a blitz on inappropriate lorry parking, litter and fly-tipping.

Swale council leader Cllr Andrew Bowles.
Swale council leader Cllr Andrew Bowles.

Alastair Gould, Green: As a local GP, I realise people’s health and our planet’s health are linked. More journeys made by cycling, walking and public transport would improve air quality and greatly benefit people’s health. I make home visits by bicycle, so know how to make active transport a realistic choice for more people.

Green candidate for Swale East Alastair Gould.
Green candidate for Swale East Alastair Gould.

Richard Palmer, Ukip: After 11 years with the Queen’s Regiment I became a paramedic for 12 years. I started a small business providing health and safety training. I became interested in local politics after feeling disillusioned with current politicians. Politicians should represent their communities not their party.

Ukip candidate for Swale East Richard Palmer.
Ukip candidate for Swale East Richard Palmer.

Frances Rehal, Labour: I’ve lived in Selling for over 20 years and built a career working as a health visitor and Sure Start children’s centre director. I’ve established four community businesses and am a governor at two schools. If elected I’ll work tirelessly for children, families and communities.

Labour candidate for Swale East Frances Rehal.
Labour candidate for Swale East Frances Rehal.

Eddie Thomas, Lib Dem: I’ve lived in Faversham for 23 years, and am using my skills in people management, training and coaching, to teach people across Swale East to drive safely and confidently. I’m passionate about road safety and believe that with better informed and knowledgeable road users our roads can be shared safely.

Lib-dem candidate for Swale East Eddie Thomas.
Lib-dem candidate for Swale East Eddie Thomas.
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