Current Conservative Kent County Councillor for Hythe, Chris Capon MBE, who is stepping down at the forthcoming election, has come out in support of the Green Party candidate as his replacement. The Conservatives in Hythe were already on the backfoot after dropping in an outsider to replace Mr Capon. The support is likely to influence a lot of local voters, given the extent of the respect for the departing councillor, who was awarded the MBE this year for his services to the town. In contrast to his new Conservative opponent, Green Party candidate, Martin Whybrow, lives and works in Hythe and is extremely involved in the community, including as chair of Transition Hythe and as a long-standing voluntary director at Hythe Town Football Club.
Mr Capon says: “I’d like to thank the people of Hythe, it has been an
honour and a pleasure to serve the town during 46 years as a councillor...
Like myself, Martin is someone who is always to be seen around the area,
has done a lot of good work, and shows the energy and passion that is
needed. The town needs a local man and I would be delighted to see him
follow me as our town’s KCC representative.”
Martin Whybrow comments: “Chris has served this area wonderfully well and
will be a most difficult act to follow. I am sure everyone joins me in
thanking him and wishing him well, I have no doubt that he will remain
highly active and we will continue to see a lot of him. I very much
appreciate his support and will certainly turn to him for advice if I have
the tough task of following him.”
The Green Party was the main opposition in Hythe at the last local
elections and is threatening to cause a major upset in the KCC elections.
It has run a highly visible campaign, with boards and posters up around
the ward (with nothing visible from any other party), and a lot of
canvassing and leafleting. Martin adds: "We are not taking anything for
granted, we've a long way to go, and we know that the Conservatives have a
well-oiled machine when it comes to local elections. Nevertheless, we
believe our messages are getting through, we've received an extremely
friendly reception everywhere, and I believe the town recognises that we
are the main opposition and the best chance for new ideas and energy."
FURTHER INFORMATION: Martin Whybrow on 01303 269827 or 07787 124794.
Contact address as above. Promoted by H.Dawe for Kent Green Party, both at
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