Post by hullenedge on Apr 6, 2020 18:30:46 GMT
The old Aylesham ward routinely gave Labour 70% of the vote at a local level, while Eythorne and Sheperdswell tended to be a fairly close marginal (looking at demographics the former will have been Labour but less so than Aylesham, the latter would have been very Conservative).
In 2019 the two wards merged, and the only result there so far was astonishingly close, and rather complicated. There were seven candidates for three seats. Three were incumbents: a Labour councillor for Aylesham, a Conservative councillor for Eythorne, and an Independent councillor for Eythorne (elected as Labour but suspended). Labour also put up their losing 2015 candidate from Eythorne, and their losing 2015 candidate from Town and Pier. The last two candidates were a new Conservative and a Liberal Democrat (only two Conservatives).
In the end the incumbent Labour candidate from Aylesham won handily with 997 votes. However there was a virtual tie for second - the former losing candidate for Eythorne got in this time with 915 votes, the Independent managed 914, and the Conservative incumbent 908. The other candidates were further back - Labour's candidate from Town and Pier got 872, the other Conservative got 786, and the Lib Dem managed a very respectable 450.
No doubt that was a nerve wracking count!
One of my former colleagues was a losing candidate here. We called him The Master...