Elections for Kent County Council are taking place on 04 May and nominations to stand closed on 04 April. The Conservatives are the only party to be fielding candidates in each of the 81 seats (see them at www.kentconservatives2017.uk )
Here in Shepway the Folkestone West seat has the largest field of candidates with David Monk facing six opponents.
UKIP which won four seats of the six Shepway seats in the 2013 elections subsequently lost Romney Marsh at a by-election in May 2015 when Carole Waters regained the seat for the Conservatives with a majority of over 1,000. More recently, Bob Neave who represents Folkestone South at KCC left UKIP to sit as an Independent. And now none of the present UKIP councillors at KCC is standing for election at this May’s election.
With the UK leaving the European Union it is hard to see any purpose in the continued existence of UKIP and their relevance in local government has always been questionable. Conservative KCC councillor for Elham Valley, Susan Carey says, ‘UKIP have recently lost their only MP and there are rumours of further defections from the party both nationally and locally. I hope we will see more people realising that UKIP has had its day. We all need to get behind the Government in its efforts to get us the best deal possible.’