Strife's roving reporter has just phoned in from The Winter Gardens with the news that all the pavement pounding by Bertie has paid off, with a little help from Gordon Brown and Cllr Chris Wells and Cllr Mike Jarvis have been elected as KCC Councillors for Margate and Cliftonville. Congratulations to them both. My commiserations go to Clive Hart and Iris Johnston who were given a bad wicket to play on by their Prime Minister.
The turnout was about 31% which is miserable and it was quite a close run thing really with UKIP and Lib Dems putting on a good show. It would seem that perhaps Conservative voters stayed at home or gave UKIP and others their votes as support for both main parties was hit by the MP's expenses scandal.
Here are the results:
Elenor (UKIP) - 1726
Hando (LibDem) - 628
Hart (Lab) - 2186
Jarvis (Con) - 2404
Johnston (Lab) - 2144
Oakes (libDeem) - 327
Wells (Con) - 2493
Other brief news indicates that Cllrs Hayton and Bayford made it in Broadstairs & Montefiore as was expected but Jenny Matterface on her first time out as a Labour Candidate, managed a very respectable 1500 odd votes which is good, given the circumstances.
It would appear that Liz Green is Thanet's only Labour KCC Councillor with that hard working excellent Alan Poole, losing his KCC seat. Ramsgate's vote appears to have been distorted by UKIP and Ramsgate First doing well and much to our shame perhaps, the BNP picking up 800 odd votes. Independent Cllr Bob Grove has continued the Ind tradition for Thanet villages and will be a proper Ind to join Cllr King, one hopes.
Perhaps Thanet's public might consider a directly elected Independent Mayor soon or, if not, in 2011 putting in a host of Independent Cllrs into TDC?