David Brazier was reelected councillor for the Sevenoaks Rural North East Division (Hartley, New Ash Green, West Kingsdown) of Kent County Council with a greatly reduced majority of 1,255 in an election that saw a 21 per cent swing to the Green Party. Turnout was up 4% at 34%. The experience of this writer is that only the Green Party appeared to have campaigned, I received 2 leaflets from the Greens and none from the other parties. Hartley has 2 other county councillors, Conservative husband and wife Perry and Penny Cole won Swanley and Dartford East for the party, perhaps the party has trouble finding local candidates in some areas.
David Brazier (Cons) 2,887 (59%, -19%)
Laura Manston (Green) 1,632 (33%, +23%)
Ian Rashbrook (Lab) 572 (8%, -4%).
Overall the Conservatives have
lost a little ground at Kent County Council, but their majority is not seriously
threatened, overall a very good night for the Greens. The new council is Cons 61 (-6), Lab 7 (+2), Lib Dem 6 (-1), Green 5 (+3),
Residents 2 (+1), Vacant 1.