LIVE: Kent County Council election results 2017 - the latest from County Hall
PUBLISHED: 08:00 05 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:35 05 May 2017
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.