Kent County Council election campaign

Thursday May 4 2017

Saving Our Services from cuts and privatisation

Labour investing in people and their communities, and finding local solutions

“We believe that austerity has gone too far, there is too much privatisation taking control of our local services and there needs to be more local solutions to complex issues. There is too much

inequality hidden beneath the surface of prosperity. We want to see greater fairness at work, in schools and in the health service. We believe that the County is heading for chaos unless there is a lot more investment in infrastructure” says Gordon Cowan, Leader of the Labour Group on Kent County Council.

Please click Here to see the whole Kent Labour Manifesto 2017.



These are your local candidates for the election:


Tunbridge Wells North Division

Martin Betts – retired from civil service where he worked for the Department for Work and Pensions. Has lived in Southborough for over 30 years. Was school governor at a Southborough Primary School for 18 years and volunteers at the food bank. Standing to protect valuable public services from destructive Conservative cuts. Opposes the staggering budget cuts to local schools. Fought to protect the historic Royal Victoria Hall from demolition by Conservative councillors.

Tunbridge Wells West Division

Alex Britcher – lives in Rusthall and has worked in the centre of Tunbridge Wells in asset management. Is heavily involved in the life of her community and is Vice Chair of Rusthall Parish Council, Chairs the Rusthall Village Association and Rusthall Community Arts. Opposes Conservative austerity measures with the negative impact that they have on the towns and villages of Tunbridge Wells. Worried about the difficulty of older people finding affordable care.

Tunbridge Wells South Division

Lorna Blackmore –  retired from working in the city where she headed up a team of investigators detecting financial crime. Lives near the centre of Tunbridge Wells and has previously been a borough councillor for 3 years. Opposes Conservative cuts and is concerned about the massive traffic congestion running through the town. Would concentrate her efforts on the council towards reducing congestion and reducing the deadly impact of the air pollution it causes.

Tunbridge Wells East

Tim Rich – Grew up and lives and works in the area. Strongly opposes Conservative austerity measures which have reduced the standard of living for so many working families across the county. Criticises the number of potholes on our roads and the damage they do our cars. Thinks that it is important to spend more on apprenticeships, education and training. Criticises UKIP councillors for being a shambles and letting the Conservatives on the county council off the hook.

Tunbridge Wells Rural Division

Ray Moon – retired from British Telecom having previously worked as a Network Planner. Has lived in Paddock Wood nearly all his life. Has been a Town Councillor for over 25 years and has campaigned for various causes in Paddock Wood including ‘no extra houses without infrastructure improvements’. Believes that services in Kent are under massive attack from the Conservatives and is particularly concerned about cuts in rural bus services and the poor state of the roads.

Cranbrook Division

Ian Carvell – Lives in Coxheath and has previously been a Tunbridge Wells Borough Councillor and parliamentary candidate. Works for a charity dealing with learning disabilities and complex needs. Is passionate about his local area and believes that areas like Cranbrook are often forgotten in favour of the larger towns in Kent. Opposes Conservative austerity measures and supports Labour’s programme to revive the Kent economy and provide services we all need.

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