Following the local elections in Medway where ultimately not very much changed on a very low turnout, we decided to ask the leaders of the two main parties what messages they would be taking away from these results.
As usual, we told both of them that we would publish their responses unedited. You can find them below in the order they were received.
It is said that elections are won on the doorstep, and that may well be true. Being armchair activists, it’s difficult to check up on that. Twitter and blogs however are part of our social media present and future, and if the election was decided there, how would each of the wards be looking?
The polls have closed in Medway’s local elections, and we are settled in at Medway Park. We’ll be bringing you the results as they come in throughout the night.
For up to the minute coverage, we recommend you follow us on Twitter. The latest tweets are embedded below, but if you click through to Twitter where you can see everything.
Results will start trickling in sometime after midnight, with final results due sometime around 7am. It’ll be a long night, so feel free to buy us a coffee.
Live results (55 seats of 55 declared / 28 needed for a majority) Conservative: 33 seats (-3) Labour: 20 seats (+5) Independents: 2 seats (+2) UKIP: 0 seats (-4) Liberal Democrats: 0 seats (-) Green: 0 seats (-) Christian People’s Alliance: 0 seats (-) Animal Welfare Party: 0 seats (-)
Councillors elected by ward Cuxton and Halling – Matt Fearn (Con) Rainham North – Kirstine Carr (Con), Martin Potter (Con) Hempstead and Wigmore – Diane Chambers (Con), Rodney Chambers (Con) Rochester East – Nick Bowler (Lab), Teresa Murray (Lab) Princes Park – Tashi Bhutia (Con), Gloria Opara (Con) Twydall – Hazel Browne (Lab), John Lloyd (Lab), Mark Prenter (Lab) River – Habib Tejan (Con), Piers Thompson (Con) Luton and Wayfield: Simon Curry (Lab), Joanne Howcroft-Scott (Lab), Tristan Osborne (Lab) Lordswood and Capstone: Alan Jarrett (Con), David Wildey (Con) Watling: Wendy Purdy (Con), Chrissy Stamp (Lab) Rochester West: Alex Paterson (Lab), Stuart Tranter (Con) Walderslade: David Brake (Con), Adrian Gulvin (Con) Gillingham North: Pat Cooper (Lab), Adam Price (Lab), Andy Stamp (Lab) Chatham Central: Siju Adeoye (Lab), Harinder Mahil (Lab), Vince Maple (Lab) Rochester South and Horsted: Trevor Clarke (Con), Sylvia Griffin (Con), Rupert Turpin (Con) Strood Rural: Gary Etheridge (Con), Elizabeth Turpin (Con), John Williams (Con) Strood North: Jane Chitty (Con), Stephen Hubbard (Lab), Steve Iles (Con) Peninsula: Phil Filmer (Con), Mick Pendergast (Ind), Ron Sands (Ind) Gillingham South: Clive Johnson (Lab), Naushabah Khan (Lab), Dan McDonald (Lab) Strood South: Chris Buckwell (Con), Josie Iles (Con), Richard Thorne (Con) Rainham South: Roger Barrett (Con), Howard Doe (Con), Gary Hackwell (Con) Rainham Central: Nurat Ahmed (Con), Jan Aldous (Con), Barry Kemp (Con)
Across the authority, voters have the chance to elect the 55 councillors that will represent us for the next four years.
Polling stations are now open and remain open until 10pm.
If you have received your polling card, you will know where you need to go to vote. If you are registered to vote but have not received your card, you do not need it to vote. Just go to your polling station, confirm your name and address, and you will be allowed to vote. No ID is required.
If you have a postal vote, but did not remember to return it in time, you can drop it in to your polling station up until polls close at 10pm.
You may have heard that we’ve got a local election tomorrow in Medway. As such, today we’re going to publish our predictions for how we think things will shake out across each ward and in Medway as a whole.
One caveat: We did this in 2015 and we were wrong on a lot of fronts. But maybe we’ve learnt something four years on? We’ll find out on Friday.
We’d love to hear your own predictions. Drop yours into the comments at the bottom of this post, on our Facebook page, or tweet us using the hashtag #MedwayPredicts19.
On April 18, we held our Medway Leaders’ Debate, where we invited the two potential future leaders of Medway Council – Cllr Jarrett of Medway Conservatives and Cllr Vince Maple of Medway Labour – to answer questions about the future of Medway. If you weren’t one of the people lucky enough to be in the audience, you can watch the full event back in full here.
Following the debate, we invited representatives of the smaller parties, who did not meet the eligibility criteria for the debate itself, to answer some of the questions asked on the night. Below are their answers, presented entirely unedited.