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New map shows just how Tory your part of Kent County Council is

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Original article from Kent Live

The full results of the Kent County Council elections have now been confirmed.

Following a nationwide slump for Kier Starmer's Labour party, the Tories have tightened their grip on many councils up and down the country, and Kent is no exception.

Even for a county that traditionally votes Conservative, Kent is looking very blue as the results from the May 6 elections have come in, as a new map from KentLive shows.

The darker portions of the map indicate a firmer grip on the district for the Conservatives, whilst the lighter sections show where the Tories aren't quite so secure.

Hover over the map below

The interactive map allows you to hover over your part of Kent to see the full seat breakdown, to see just how much of your local area is represented by the Tories.

A Tory majority isn't the only narrative prevailing, as some flipped seats in Tonbridge have meant that the Green party have doubled their seat share from two to four.

The Conservatives actually lost seats across Kent compared to the 2017 local elections, with their total share of the seats dropping from 67 to 61.

Labour remained with five seats on Kent County Council, whilst its sister party, the Labour and Co-operative party gained two seats.

Though the Lib Dems gained two seats in Canterbury South and Sevenoaks Town, their overall share has dropped from seven seats to six.

One seat is yet to be called, as its race was suspended following the death of candidate Chris Deane, who was running for Labour in Elham Valley.

The election for this seat is set to be rescheduled for a later date, though it is a safe seat for the Conservatives and would require a substantial 22 per cent swing to change hands to one of either the Greens, Lib Dems or Labour.

In spite of some losses, Kent County Council is still overwhelmingly Tory, with some districts having absolutely no presence from the other major parties.

The biggest strongholds are in Gravesham, Tunbridge Wells and Dover, where 100 per cent of the county council seats are held by Conservatives.

Ashford, Sevenoaks and Folkestone & Hythe are still very tory, with over 80 per cent of their elected officials belonging to the party of Johnson and co.

Swale is the biggest outlier, with only 50 per cent of the seats taken by the Conservatives this time round, with the Swale Independents, Lib Dems and Greens comprising the other half.

Medway functions as a separate municipal council, however, and has not held elections this year, with it's next selection of councillors set for May 2023.

It is also notably more balanced than Kent, with 33 of it's 55 seats belonging to the conservatives, with labour and independents making up the other 22.

Even with the Conservatives' grip on Kent's county council not quite as unbreakable as it once was, Kent is still an overwhelmingly blue county, and it doesn't look like that will be changing any time soon on the county council.

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