Strong fight increases Labour vote
Kent County Council Election results can be found here
Martin Betts, Campaigns Co-ordinator said
‘I would like to thank everyone who helped to make the Labour message known in Tunbridge Wells in the recent Kent County Council elections.
Across Tunbridge Wells and Cranbrook the Conservatives took all six seats, gaining one from UKIP.
Despite disappointing results for Labour in many parts of the country, we have held our own in Tunbridge Wells.
We put up a strong fight in Tunbridge Wells North Division, doubling our vote, increasing our share of the vote, beating the Lib Dems and maintaining our second position. In Tunbridge Wells Rural we also managed to secure second place.
Our share of the vote marginally increased across the Borough by just under 2%.
In the Borough the collapse of UKIP, (where 5 out of every 6 deserted them since 2013), overwhelmingly benefited the Tories.
The Lib Dems increased their share of the vote by 4% which, given we were the only Remain area in Kent, is nowhere near the kind of result they might have expected.
The swing to the Tories is just over 6% which is about 2% or so less than what appears to be the national picture, so local effort made a real difference.
Over the next few weeks we will have the opportunity to do even better as we work together with our excellent parliamentary candidate Charles Woodgate.”