Friday, 22 January 2016

Newington by-election and a ramble.

Here are the results ramble to follow

DECLARATION OF RESULT OF POLL 

District of Thanet

Election of a District Councillor for

Newington
on Thursday 21 January 2016
I, Madeline Homer, being the Returning Officer at the above election, do hereby give notice that the number of votes recorded for each Candidate at the said election is as follows:

Name of Candidate
Description (if any)
Number of Votes*
BIRCHALL, Grahame George
Independent
10

CONSTANTINE, Karen Mary
The Labour Party Candidate
288
Elected
DARK, Adam Nigel
The Conservative Party
156

DRIVER, Ian
The Green Party
20

HODDER, Alan Mark
Independent
49

SMITHSON, Duncan
UKIP
229

WILLIAMS, Jordan Luke
Liberal Democrats Party
12


Vacant Seats: 1
Electorate: 3563
Ballot Papers Issued: 767
Turnout: 21.5
And I do hereby declare that Karen Mary Constantine is duly elected.

District of Thanet

Election of a Parish Councillor for

Ramsgate - Newington
on Thursday 21 January 2016 
I, Madeline Homer, being the Returning Officer at the above election, do hereby give notice that the number of votes recorded for each Candidate at the said election is as follows:

Name of
Candidate
Description
(if any)
Number of
Votes*
DARK, Adam Nigel

The Conservative Party

159
JEFFERSON, Andrew Philip
The Green Party

25
KENNEDY, Susan
Labour Party Candidate

294 Elected
PRITCHARD, Robert J
Democratic Independent

40
SMITHSON, Duncan
UKIP

225
WILLIAMS, Jordan Luke
Liberal Democrats Party

11

Vacant Seats: 1
Electorate: 3563
Ballot Papers Issued: 763
Turnout: 21.3%










First my congratulations to Karen Constantine who got elected as a TDC councillor and Susan Kennedy who got elected as a Ramsgate Town councillor, both Labour.

Back in the day Newington was a safe Labour seat, with Labour getting about two thirds of the vote and the Conservatives getting about a third, then along came UKIP and at the last election UKIP got in beating Labour into second place.   


My own take on this is that had they done more for the Ramsgate area the may well have got in again.

Here in Ramsgate we have predominantly UKIP councillors at TDC, KCC and RTC but the bonkers Ramsgate issues that date from the Labour and Conservative administrations don’t seem to have been touched on by UKIP since they got in.

This is evident to all of us living in the Ramsgate area, just over the road from me TDC are building a largish social housing development in what was a large shop in an otherwise fully let and trading shopping parade.

Now apart from the obvious damage to the part of Ramsgate shopping centre adjacent to the only large car park that most shoppers will use, this development has flats with the bedroom windows facing onto the pavement in an area where TDC has licensed takeaways to be open until 4am.

Obviously the only tenants that will put up with this are likely to be problem tenants and with problem tenants living on the ground floor the whole development is likely to turn into a problem.

Having discussed this with UKIP candidates before the election they agreed with me that this was a totally bonkers approach and just the type of thing that UKIP would address. They could have dealt with it as the building belongs to TDC, but no they just ignored the problem. 

The really strange thing here is that Ramsgate has been the deciding factor in a lot of elections recently, Thanet South is a strongly contested seat, taking Ramsgate is a major factor in taking TDC and yet most of the resources seem to go into Margate.

The Manston issue didn’t seem to go the way a lot of Manston campaigners wanted, with the group that broke away from the UKIP group, “Democratic Independent Group” ostensibly because UKIP decided to reject RiverOak as an indemnity partner and not to proceed with the cpo to build an airfreight hub, only getting 49 votes.  


Oh well I suppose one of these days the local politicians are going to wake up to the fact that if you want to get voted in in Ramsgate you have to give Ramsgate a fair crack of the whip.



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