After failing to take a seat on Kent County Council by just 21 votes from Tory hopeful, Rory Love, at Thursday’s election, Tim Prater, the Liberal Democrat candidate admitted: “So yeah, I’m gutted.”
Writing to supporters he said: “I’d have loved to have been elected to Kent County Council to represent the place I live, and missing out by 21 votes made it quite tense. I did my best, but it wasn’t to be.
“But I’m still proud to be here.
“I’m still the District Councillor for Sandgate and West Folkestone. I’m still a Parish Councillor for Sandgate, and still the Chairman of Sandgate Parish Council. Still a Town Councillor on Folkestone and Hythe Town Councils.
“I’m also overwhelmed by the support in the ballot box: thank you. 2,122 votes is more than I’ve ever had in any one election before, and I’m humbled by the support. I’m also really grateful to everyone that supported my campaign by delivering leaflets, on my poster team, or in any other way: thank you.
“I’m delighted to have been joined today on the Parish Council by Vicki Parsons – a great addition to the council, and keeping the council entirely Independent and without party candidates.”
Election of councillors to Kent County Council for the Cheriton, Sandgate & Hythe East division on Thursday 6 May 2021
|Candidate||Description (if any)||Number of votes cast|
|BINGHAM Paul Richard||Labour Party||792|
|LOVE Rory Cassian||The Conservative Party Candidate||2143|
|PRATER Tim||Liberal Democrats||2122|
|SEGAL Eric||Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts||91|