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LIVE: Kent County Council election results 2017 - the latest from County Hall

PUBLISHED: 08:00 05 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:35 05 May 2017

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Results from across the county are being revealed throughout the day

Welcome to our live coverage of the Kent County Council election from County Hall in Maidstone.

The polls shut at 10pm last night after voters across Kent chose the councillors they want to represent them over the next four years.

The Conservatives have comfortably swept to power once again on a nightmare day for Labour and Ukip.

Live updates will follow below...

16.00 - That’s all, folks. The Tories have won an incredible 67 seats, while Ukip failed to pick up a single victory anywhere in the county. We’ve got reaction from council leader Paul Carter here as well as a full breakdown of all the votes across the 12 districts.

15.30 - GRAVESEND EAST - CONSERVATIVE AND CONSERVATIVE

15.30 - NORTHFLEET AND GRAVESEND WEST - LABOUR AND LABOUR

14.48 - RAMSGATE - LABOUR AND CONSERVATIVE

14.37 - MAIDSTONE CENTRAL - LIBERAL DEMOCRATS AND LIBERAL DEMOCRATS

14.35 - SHEPPEY - CONSERVATIVE AND CONSERVATIVE

14.30 - DOVER NORTH - CONSERVATIVE

14.22 - DOVER WEST - CONSERVATIVE

14.11 - FAVERSHAM - LIBERAL DEMOCRATS

14.10 - BIRCHINGTON AND RURAL - CONSERVATIVE AND CONSERVATIVE

14.00 - Reports suggesting there is a recount in Ramsgate.

13.58 - We’re all catching our breath here with 15 seats still to declare. The Conservatives have racked up a whopping 58 so far, taking some key areas from Labour who have won only two. Still nothing for Ukip thus far...

13.51 - ASHFORD RURAL WEST - CONSERVATIVE

13.48 - SANDWICH - CONSERVATIVE

13.46 - MAIDSTONE RURAL NORTH - CONSERVATIVE

13.45 - DEAL AND WALMER - CONSERVATIVE AND CONSERVATIVE

13.35 - ASHFORD RURAL SOUTH - CONSERVATIVE

13.33 - MALLING RURAL EAST - CONSERVATIVE

13.32 - MAIDSTONE RURAL EAST - CONSERVATIVE

13.31 - TONBRIDGE - CONSERVATIVE AND CONSERVATIVE

13.30 - SITTINGBOURNE SOUTH - CONSERVATIVE

13.25 - We’re just about keeping up here, but the Conservatives have romped to victory as expected, with 48 seats so far. The Lib Dems have four, Labour two and one each for the Greens and Swanscombe and Greenhithe Residents Association. None for Ukip so far.

13.22 - SWALE WEST - CONSERVATIVE

13.21 - MAIDSTONE SOUTH - CONSERVATIVE

13.20 - Labour’s successful candidate in Margate, Barry Lewis, quipped “we’ve grilled the Kippers” and said the collapse in the Ukip vote in Thanet and across Kent was a “rejection of racism”...

13.14 - TENTERDEN - CONSERVATIVE

13.13 - HERNE BAY EAST - CONSERVATIVE

13.12 - WHITSTABLE WEST - CONSERVATIVE

13.11 - TUNBRIDGE WELLS SOUTH - CONSERVATIVE

13.10 - TUNBRIDGE WELLS WEST - CONSERVATIVE

13.09 - DARTFORD WEST - CONSERVATIVE

13.08 - DARTFORD NORTH EAST - CONSERVATIVE

13.07 - ASHFORD EAST - LIBERAL DEMOCRATS

13.06 - CANTERBURY CITY SOUTH - LIBERAL DEMOCRAT FOCUS TEAM

13.05 - MAIDSTONE RURAL SOUTH - CONSERVATIVE

13.04 - TUNBRIDGE WELLS RURAL - CONSERVATIVE

13.03 - GRAVESHAM RURAL - CONSERVATIVE

13.02 - ROMNEY MARSH - CONSERVATIVE

13.01 - SWANSCOMBE AND GREENHITHE - SWANSCOMBE AND GREENHITHE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION

13.00 - BROADSTAIRS - CONSERVATIVE

12.59 - SITTINGBOURNE NORTH - CONSERVATIVE

12.58 - WILMINGTON - CONSERVATIVE

12.57 - TUNBRIDGE WELLS NORTH - CONSERVATIVE

12.56 - TUNBRIDGE WELLS EAST - CONSERVATIVE

12.56 - SWALE EAST - CONSERVATIVE

12.56 - MALLING NORTH EAST - CONSERVATIVE

12.55 - MAIDSTONE RURAL WEST - CONSERVATIVE

12.54 - DOVER TOWN - CONSERVATIVE AND CONSERVATIVE

12.53 - DARTFORD RURAL - CONSERVATIVE

12.52 - DARTFORD EAST - CONSERVATIVE

12.52 - CRANBROOK - CONSERVATIVE

12.51 - CANTERBURY NORTH - CONSERVATIVE

12.50 - MALLING WEST - CONSERVATIVE

12.50 - MALLING NORTH - CONSERVATIVE

12.50 - SEVENOAKS NORTH AND DARENT VALLEY - CONSERVATIVE

12.49 - MAIDSTONE NORTH EAST - LIBERAL DEMOCRATS

12.48 - ELHAM VALLEY - CONSERVATIVE

12.46 - ASHFORD RURAL EAST - CONSERVATIVE

12.45 - ASHFORD SOUTH - LABOUR

12.44 - SEVENOAKS WEST - CONSERVATIVE

12.41 - CLIFTONVILLE - CONSERVATIVE

12.39 - ASHFORD CENTRAL - CONSERVATIVE

12.37 - HYTHE WEST - GREEN

12.35 - SWANLEY - CONSERVATIVE

12.34 - MAIDSTONE SOUTH EAST - CONSERVATIVE

12.33 - FOLKESTONE WEST - CONSERVATIVE

12.28 - MARGATE - LABOUR

12.22 - SEVENOAKS RURAL SOUTH - CONSERVATIVE

12.20 - CHERITON SANDGATE AND HYTHE EAST - CONSERVATIVE

12.19 - CANTERBURY CITY NORTH - CONSERVATIVE

12.16 - SEVENOAKS TOWN - CONSERVATIVE

12.14 - WHITSTABLE EAST AND HERNE BAY WEST - CONSERVATIVE

12.11 - MALLING CENTRAL - LIBERAL DEMOCRATS

12.08 - SEVENOAKS RURAL NORTH EAST - CONSERVATIVE

12.05 - FOLKESTONE EAST - CONSERVATIVE

11.57 - CANTERBURY SOUTH - CONSERVATIVE

11.55 - Turnout in Herne Village and Sturry confirmed as 29 per cent, with Alan Marsh taking a comfortable 60 per cent of the vote. So that’s one down, just 80 more to go...

11.45 - RESULT: HERNE VILLAGE AND STURRY - CONSERVATIVE

11.40 - Turnout in 2013 was between 20 and 30 per cent in most areas across the county. Just over that threshold in Thanet. Will voter numbers be affected with a general election on the horizon?

11.30 - Reports suggesting turnout in Thanet is 31.3 per cent, and it’s between Labour and the Tories - not Ukip - in the running for seats.

11.15 - Some results from Maidstone expected “soon” as well but still nothing official as yet.

11.10 - Still no official results in yet...back to KCC’s fine array of tea and biscuits, then...

11.00 - We’re hearing reports of a collapse in Ukip support in Thanet - an area described as the “heart” of the party by leader Paul Nuttall last month. Ukip needs to win votes there to retain its position as the main party of opposition on the council.

10.55 - First results from Dartford expected imminently, we’re told...

10.50 - There’s a sweepstake going here at County Hall on how many seats the Conservatives will win today - some predicting as many as 73 out of the 81 available. A fair assessment or can we expect a far stronger representation from the other parties?

10.40 - After a disastrous evening of results in elections elsewhere in the country, Ukip leader Paul Nuttall has released a statement, describing “a difficult night” and claiming “there is nothing they could have done in the face of a big national swing to the Tories”. He added: “We are the victims of our own success and now we pick ourselves up and go on to further success in the future.” Can Thanet District Council leader Chris Wells and co restore some pride for the party in Kent?

10.35 - Labour won 13 seats four years ago and lost another in a subsequent by-election. With Ukip suffering something of an identity crisis, there is an opportunity for Labour to reclaim its position as the main party of opposition on the council and it needs a strong showing today ahead of next month’s general election.

10.25 - What can we expect from the Liberal Democrats this year? They only won seven seats in 2013 but many believe they are on course for a resurgence. Maidstone has traditionally been a strong area of support for the yellow party and whether they can retain seats there will be something to look out for.

10.15 - KCC leader Paul Carter told us last week he believes the national political picture plays a big part in local elections. Will he be right? Will the opinion polls suggesting a Conservative procession prove correct?

10.00 - Counting is officially underway across the county! This time four years ago Ukip sprung a surprise by taking 17 of the 84 seats on offer, meaning the Conservatives’ total was reduced to 45. But many, including Tory MP Craig Mackinlay, are predicting Ukip to be wiped out this time around. Will there still be purple seats at County Hall by this afternoon?

Keep an eye on our results pages for each district, where we’ll be breaking down the votes received by every single candidate in the election.

Ashford results
Canterbury results
Dartford results
Dover results
Gravesham results
Maidstone results
Sevenoaks results
Shepway results
Swale results
Thanet results
Tonbridge results
Tunbridge Wells results

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