Kentish Express Ashford & District - - ELECTION RESULTS -

THE in­crease in sup­port for the Con­ser­va­tives, par­tic­u­larly from ar­eas of the bor­ough that do not nor­mally sup­port the party, de­lighted coun­cil leader Cllr Paul Clokie. He is ex­pected to have at least two new mem­bers in the six-strong cabi­net. Pro­mo­tion is ex­pected for both Peter Wood and Gerry Clark­son, who looks set to re­place Jill Hutchin­son, who is re­turn­ing to the back benches. The Con­ser­va­tives’ ma­jor op­po­si­tion now will be the Lib Dems, al­beit with only eight seats. When cur­rent leader Rita Hawes stands down from pol­i­tics dur­ing her year as mayor it looks as if Bob David­son or Ge­orge Koowa­ree will take over the group leader’s role. Cllr Koowa­ree said: “It is not de­cided. “But we will pro­vide pos­i­tive op­po­si­tion, fight­ing on be­half of the peo­ple.” For Ash­ford In­de­pen­dent leader Peter Dav­i­son it was a ner­vous elec­tion – he got home, but his ward was the fi­nal re­sult de­clared. He was de­lighted by the Wye re­sult but lost sev­eral sit­ting mem­bers by nar­row ma­jori­ties. “They will re­main loyal and we will be back,” he said. For Wye vic­tor Jack Wood­ford it was third time lucky as a can­di­date for elec­tion. But he ad­mit­ted the Im­pe­rial Col­lege con­tro­versy had had a ma­jor in­flu­ence on the re­sult. De­feated Ian Cool­ing said: “I have learned a lot but will con­tinue to work in the com­mu­nity. “The peo­ple of Wye voted on a sin­gle is­sue and that’s pol­i­tics.”

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