Labour’s Kent MPs ‘are now vul­ner­a­ble’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - ELECTION RESULTS -

ASH­FORD’S MP claims the coun­cil elec­tion re­sults have put his party on course to oust many of Kent’s Labour MPs at the gen­eral elec­tion. Con­ser­va­tive MP Damian Green, the shadow im­mi­gra­tion spokesman, said the re­sults na­tion­ally were far bet­ter than ex­pected and that Labour was “de­luded” if it be­lieved all its MPs in Kent would sur­vive at a gen­eral elec­tion. “It is look­ing good ev­ery­where for us and par­tic­u­larly good in Kent, if you look at the way Labour is in re­treat and con­sider that there are some coun­cils where it has no coun­cil­lors at all. “What is dif­fer­ent is the size of the lead we have now es­tab­lished.” Asked what he thought about claims that Labour could hang on to its MPs at a gen­eral elec­tion, he said: “They are de­lud­ing them­selves. “Th­ese are very good re­sults. Be­fore, we thought we might win 300 seats but we have won 700.” He ac­cepted no-one could pre­dict if the re­place­ment of Tony Blair with Gor­don Brown would pro­vide Labour with a lift. Mean­while, polling ex­perts say that while the re­sults were good for the Con­ser­va­tives, it did not mean that the party would form the next gov­ern­ment. Ben Page, of MORI, said: “It is good news for the Con­ser­va­tives in Kent but it is an area where they should be win­ning. When Labour MPs say there is ev­ery­thing to play for, what they mean is that with a de­cent fol­low­ing wind and good or­gan­i­sa­tion on the ground, they may sur­vive.”

Con­ser­va­tive MP Damian Green looks on with Lib Dem can­di­date Chris Took

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