Kent County Council

2021 Conservative hold, from 2017

Kent scoreboard

Counting complete. After 81 of 81 seats declared.

Change compared with 2017
  1. Conservative

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 61
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change -5
    • Councillors overall total 61
  2. Labour

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 7
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change +2
    • Councillors overall total 7
  3. Liberal Democrat

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 6
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change -1
    • Councillors overall total 6
  4. Green

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 4
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change +3
    • Councillors overall total 4
  5. Independent

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 1
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change +1
    • Councillors overall total 1
  6. Post-election Vacancy

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 1
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change 0
    • Councillors overall total 1
  7. Residents' Association

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 1
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change 0
    • Councillors overall total 1
  1. Thank you, and goodnight from the live page team

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    That's it for our coverage of today's local election results in the south east. Thank you for joining us.

    You can get more in-depth analysis of the results on our website.

    For Kent, click here.

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    And for a look at the national picture, just go to the main BBC news site here.

  2. Conservatives retain majority in Kent

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    With well over half of Kent County Council's results confirmed, the Conservatives are past the winning post.

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  3. Kent Labour leader loses seat

    Caroline Williams

    Political reporter

    Dara Farrell, the leader of the Labour Group on Kent County Council, has lost his seat.

    The Ashford South seat was taken by Conservative Dirk Ross, with 44% of the vote, compared to Mr Farrell's 41%.

  4. Maidstone reports 21.4% voter turnout

    Piles of sacks at the Maidstone count

    The turnout for the local elections in Maidstone was 21.4%, a spokesperson for Maidstone Borough Council has told the BBC.

    A photograph of the count taking place at Kent County Showground in Detling shows a pile of sacks in the middle of the room - the brown ones are unused ballots.

  5. Tories hold Cheriton Sandgate & Hythe East

    Rory Cassian Love has kept his seat on Kent County Council for Cheriton Sandgate & Hythe East with 42% of the vote.

    The Tories have won four of the five seats so far declared in the county.

  6. First results in for Kent county elections

    The first results are in for Kent County Council with the Conservatives holding on to seats in Romney Marsh and Folkestone West, while in Hythe West, they have gained one previously held by the Green Party.

    Meanwhile, in Folkestone East, Labour has gained a seat from the Tories.

    Kent County Council will see a total of 80 councillors elected from 71 divisions after voters went to the polls on Thursday.

  7. Symptom-free testing sites to open across Kent

    A close up of a Covid-19 testing kit
    Image caption: Another 10 sites are being planned for rollout in the coming weeks.

    Rapid-result Covid-19 testing for people who do not have symptoms is being rolled out across Kent.

    There will be 12 new test centres around the county as part of a rolling programme to help reduce the rates of transmission.

    The testing will find people who do not currently have symptoms but who may be unknowingly spreading the virus.

    In addition to sites already running in Sheppey and Ramsgate, people can now book for tests at the following venues:

    • Northfleet Youth Club, Hall Road, Gravesend
    • Swanley Youth Club, St Mary’s Road
    • Dover Discovery Centre, York Street
    • Folkestone Library, 2 Grace Hill, Folkestone
    • Unit 1, Eurogate Business Park, Thomson Rd, Ashford
    • Kent Show Ground, Detling
    • Kemsley Community Centre, Ridham Avenue
    • The Centre, Birchington, Alpha Road, Birchington
    • Sidney Cooper Gallery, 22-23 St Peter’s Street, Canterbury
    • Larkfied Library, Martin Square, Larkfield
    • Fairfield Leisure Centre, Lowfield Street, Dartford
    • Assembly Hall Theatre, Crescent Road, Tunbridge Wells

    All symptom-free testing sites will be open daily from 09.00 to 19.00 GMT, starting on 7 January.

    Once all 14 sites are open, there will be capacity for over 13,000 tests across Kent each day.

    Kent County Council leader Roger Gough said: “Another 10 sites are being planned for rollout in the coming weeks so we continue to do everything we can to help Kent out of this situation.”

    Tests can be booked online:

  8. '17,000 lorries' expected in Kent

    Plans were already in place to cope with disruption following the end of the Brexit transition period, the leader of Kent County Council has said as queues formed following France's ban on freight from the UK.

    But speaking to Times Radio, he said: "National government has urged vehicles not to come to Kent because we are anticipating some 17,000 vehicles coming into Kent to make the crossing over the next couple of days.

    "We were doing an enormous amount of preparation for for January 1 and that involves what is called Operation Brock, however what we are using is called Operation Stack.

    "The previous plans aimed at dealing with the impact of the end of transition were for holding vehicles - up to 7,000 - and so clearly there is a need for other measures."

  9. Helpline grants food vouchers for Kent schoolchildren

    Families with children who receive free school meals can apply for supermarket vouchers during holidays via a dedicated helpline, Kent County Council has announced.

    One £15 voucher will be issued per eligible child so that "no child in Kent is left to go hungry," it said.

    Council leader Roger Gough said: “This support for families in need has always been in place. I hope, though, that this helpline will enable people who need urgent help to get it, and to get it quickly."

    The council said that anyone eligible for free school meals who needs extra support to help feed their children can register online or by phoning 03000 41 24 24.