The new make of Folkestone & Hythe District Council is as follows – 13 Conservative, six Labour, six Green, two Ukip, two Lib Dem and one Independent.
Results by party, out of 30 seats:
Conservative: 13 (-10)
Green: 6 (+6)
Labour: 6 (+6)
Lib Dem: 2 (+2)
UKIP: 2 (-2)
Ind: 1 (-1)
Foundation Party: (-1)
As a % of the total votes cast across the district:
Labour: 18.81 %
Lib Dem: 12.06%
Congratulations and thanks go out to all the count staff.
Hythe as everyone suspected has gone Green, all three Tory Candidates lost their seats. So it is goodbye to Alan Ewart-James, Malcolm Dearden and David Owen who between them have lost close to £45,000 annually and hello to Lesley Barbara Whybrow, Jim Martin and Georgina Treloar of the Green Party.
Sandgate and West Folkestone ward lost both Conservative Rory Love and Jan Holben and gained two Liberal Democrats Gary Fuller and Tim Prater with 844 and 962 votes respectively.
Hythe Rural – where Tory Paul Peacock and Michael Lyons, who both lost their seats to the two Green candidates who were elected, Douglas Wade and John Wing with 978, and 868 votes respectively.
New Romney ward results – Where Tory Russell Tillson lost his vote and Susie Govett was not up for re-election. Tory Patricia Rolfe and independent David Wimble are elected, with 624 and 1,032 votes respectively.
East Folkestone results – Labour take all three seats. Michelle Dorrell, Connor McConville and Jackie Meade elected with 639, 558 and 623 votes respectively.
Conservative gain in Walland and Denge Marsh – Clive Goddard re-elected with 858 votes, and Tony Hills takes former Ukip Cllr Len Laws seat with 836 votes.
Folkestone Central Ward Full results: Dan Brook, Cons 726 (elected); Laura Davison, Lab, 782 (elected), David Horton, Lab 656; Sally Matthews, Lib Dem 481; Tom McNiece, LibDem 473; David Monk, Cons 675 (elected); Dick Pascoe Cons 635; Oliver Robinson, Lib Dems 422; Bryan Rylands Ind 357; Belinda Walker Lab, 614. So Dick Pascoe a former Tory Cllr has lost his £18,000 a year.
North Downs East ward results are in and it’s a Conservative hold. David Godfrey, Philip Martin and Stuart Peall all re-elected, with 1,274, 1,181 and 1,213 votes respectively.
Romney Marsh ward results: Ukip hold their seat and gain one from Conservatives. Ian Meyers and Terry Mullard are elected with 851 and 810 votes respectively.
The Green Party have their first councillor, in Cheriton ward. Rebecca Shoob was elected with 846 votes. Conservatives John Collier and Peter Gane were also elected with 793 and 854 votes respectively.
Results for North Downs West ward are in and it’s a Conservative hold for Susan Carey and Jenny Hollingsbee, elected with 945 votes and 847 votes respectively.
Results for Folkestone Harbour ward: Labour gain from Ukip and Conservative. Ray Field (pictured) elected with 395 votes, Nicola Keen with 402.
Ann Berry has held her seat for Broadmead ward – Conservative hold. She had 582 votes, Labour 220 and Lib Deb 178.
Now to take control of the Council the six Labour, six Green, two Ukip, two Lib Dem and one Independent will probably need to form a coalition of some description. Wimble as the independent will work with the Tories we suspect.
A more detailed analysis will unfold over the next few days.
The Shepwayvox Team
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