Labour receives Liberal Democrat and Green Party backing ahead of Thursday’s Tonbridge and Malling by-election

PUBLISHED: 10:45 07 December 2016 | UPDATED: 10:45 07 December 2016

Picture: Rui Vieira/PA

Picture: Rui Vieira/PA

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Fred Long will battle for the Trench seat on the council against the Conservatives and Ukip

A Labour candidate has received the backing of two opposition parties in his bid for a seat on Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council this week.

Fred Long is contesting the Trench seat on the council, which will be decided in a by-election on Thursday following the death of councillor Jean Atkinson earlier this year.

While Ukip’s David Allen and Georgina Thomas of the Conservatives are standing, neither the Liberal Democrats nor the Green Party have chosen a candidate for the election, instead giving their support to Mr Long.

The Labour candidate said he had received cross-party backing due to his campaign for causes such as “tidying up the Angel Centre garden; organising the Tonbridge Calling festival; and stopping the Drytec factory pouring fumes over the town”.

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