Tunbridge Wells Constituency

Tunbridge Wells Constituency

Tunbridge Wells Constituency covers an area that includes: Tunbridge Wells, Brenchley, Horsmonden, Capel, Lamberhurst, Cranbrook, Hawkhurst, Paddock Wood, Pembury, Southborough, High Brooms, Bidborough and Speldhurst.

Greg Clark, the sitting MP, is a Conservative.

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

Labour currently holds 7 seats – out of 48 – on Tunbridge Wells Borough Council. The Councillors – Dianne HillAlain LewisJohn Francis represent Southborough and High Brooms Ward. Hugo Pound and Shadi Rogers represents Sherwood Ward. Alex Britcher-Allan and Jayne Sharratt represents Rusthall Ward.

After decades of Conservative Control Tunbridge Wells Borough Council is currently run by the Borough Partnership which is a coalition comprising the Liberal Democrats (17 councillors), the Alliance  Party ( 10 councillors), Labour Party ( 7 councillors), and  Independents (3 councillors).

The Official Opposition on Tunbridge Wells Borough Council is the Conservative Party (11 councillors).

The Cabinet of the Council comprises 8 council members 4 of whom are Liberal Democrats, 2 are from the Alliance Party, and 2 are from the Labour Party. Hugo Pound is Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning. Jayne Sharratt is Cabinet Member for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction.

The Borough Partnership

2023/24 is the second year of the Partnership which has an agreed set of priorities. These priorities are known as the Partnership’s ‘Focus on Five’:

  1. Safeguarding the Borough finances
  2. Ensuring vibrant and safer towns and villages
  3. Meeting the Borough’s carbon reduction targets
  4. Creating genuinely affordable and social rented housing
  5. Improving digital access, transparency and local democracy.

All Partnership council members have agreed to work collaboratively, and across party, for delivery of the Partnership’s priorities. It has been agreed that individual parties will retain their right to stand independently and campaign to win any elections that take place during the period covered by the agreement.

Tunbridge Wells Labour will be fighting to promote Labour priorities and win more Council seats in the Borough Council elections in May 2024.