Sunday, 5 May 2013

Greens win first Kent County councillor

The Green Party has gained its first Kent County Councillor with a stunning victory in Hythe. Martin Whybrow gained 1659 votes (34.77 per cent) and a majority of 313 to displace the Conservatives. The Green Party ran a high-profile, positive campaign.

Martin Whybrow says: "This was a tremendous team effort and I am so pleased for the many people who were part of it. We provided an attractive, clear alternative for people who were frustrated on a range of local and national issues. Here, at least, this was not a protest vote, it was far more subtle than that, we engaged with a wide range of residents, including public support from our highly regarded, outgoing Tory councillor."

To put the victory into perspective, this was the first time the Green Party had fielded a candidate for KCC in Hythe; in 2009, the Conservatives had gained 2771 votes, with a majority of over 1500.

Martin adds: "I believe this breakthrough is just the start of a change in politics in Shepway and, I hope, across the rest of Kent and Medway. There are so many potentially excellent Green Party councillors out there and I am sure I am the first of many."

FURTHER INFORMATION: Martin Whybrow on 01303 269827 or 07787 124794. Contact address as above. Promoted by H.Dawe for Kent Green Party, both at 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF. KENT GREEN NEWS, free ezine, is available by subscription at

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