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May 2017 News
(5 May) In one of the most one sided results in Kent, the Conservatives won the Sevenoaks North East division, which includes Hartley, New Ash Green and West Kingsdown with 78% of the vote.

It is clear that the Conservatives were the main beneficiaries of the decision of the right wing parties UKIP and English Democrats not to stand, as the Conservative vote was more or less what the 3 parties combined got last time. Mr Brazier's vote was probably also helped by a recognition from many that he is a good constituency councillor whatever the party label, and also that Labour put up someone who lives some distance away.

Overall the Conservatives won 67 of Kent's 81 seats. Hartley resident Penny Cole also defended her Dartford East seat for the Conservatives.

Turnout rose slghtly from 26% to 30% to this time. Once again the election was practically invisible. This writer got one leaflet and saw no election posters.

David Brazier (Conservative) 3,371 (78% up 30%)
Lucas Pearce (Labour) 539 (12% down 1%)
Mark Lindop (Green) 435 (10% up 4%)

Did not stand: UKIP (31% in 2013), English Democrats (2% in 2013)
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