Political analysis of local elections in Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells
Political Reporter, BBC Radio Kent
Conservatives or the Liberal Democrats were confident in taking control of
Maidstone council. It was a tight race with 22 councillors each.
started coming in fast, it became apparent quickly neither would get the numbers
for an overall majority.
The Liberal Democrats were left disappointed while
Conservatives were not only relieved to not lose seats but cheering and
whooping at the three gains.
is a committee system and now there will be talks as to who takes the helm.
Conservatives as the largest party could take the leadership, but every
councillor gets a vote on the leadership so they’ll need to get help from three
councillors from other parties or the independents.
As predicted, Tunbridge Wells stayed blue.
But there was a shocking win for
the new kids on the block - the Tunbridge Wells Alliance.
The Liberal Democrats also took a seat from the
Conservatives and Labour held its seat.
The win from the new party shows the
strength of feeling against plans to develop a new theatre and civic centre in
the middle of the town.
Now the party has a seat, expect to hear much more about
Conservatives hold Tunbridge Wells
The Conservative Party has held on to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council where a third of the seats were up for election.
It lost two seats - one to the Liberal Democrats and another to a new independent group, the Tunbridge Wells Alliance.