2017 Kent County Council election
All 81 seats to Kent County Council
41 seats needed for a majority
Map showing the results of the 2017 Kent County Council elections.
The 2017 Kent County Council election was held on 4 May 2017 as part of the 2017 local elections in the United Kingdom. All 81 councillors were elected, from 72 electoral divisions, each of which returned either one or two county councillors by first-past-the-post voting for a four-year term of office.
Kent saw a large turnover of councillors. Of the 81 councillors elected in 2017, 39 had not served in the previous council.
The Conservative Party retained control.
UKIP, previously the second largest party on the council lost all of their seats.
Liberal Democrats regained status as the second largest party, which they had been 2009-2013. A notable triumph for Liberal Democrats was Antony Hook winning the Faversham division, which had been considered a "safe" Conservative seat. Antony Hook's campaign increased the Liberal Democrat vote share from 4% in 2013 to a winning 43%. Faversham also saw the largest turnout of any seat.
Labour lost seats, including those of their Leader Roger Truelove and previous leaders Gordon Cowan and Dr. Mike Eddy. Labour vote share also fell but they retained status as 3rd party.
|Party||Seats||Gains||Losses||Net gain/loss||Seats %||Votes %||Votes||+/−|
|Swanscombe and Greenhithe Residents Association||1||0||0||0||1.23||<1||-|
Results by district
There are five single-member constituencies and one multi-member constituency within the District of Swale, which elect a total of seven councillors to Kent County Council. The electoral map of Swale was redrawn as a result of boundary changes which saw the old Swale Central multi-member ward split to create Sittingbourne North and Sittingbourne South, both single member divisions. Sheerness and Sheppey Divisions were merged to create the new Multi-member Sheppey Division. Swale District includes the Division of Faversham which saw Liberal Democrat Antony Hook winning the Faversham division, which had been considered a "safe" Conservative seat. Antony Hook's campaign increased the Liberal Democrat vote share from 4% in 2013 to a winning 43%. Faversham also saw the largest turnout of any seat. Boundary changes meant that Below are the results:
|Liberal Democrat||Antony Hook||2,714||43%||39|
|Conservative||David Henry Simmons||2218||35%||10|
|Labour||Trevor Raymond Payne||863||14%||17|
|UKIP||Christine Margaret Palmer||243||4%||16|
|Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative||Swing||24.5%|
|UKIP||Richard William Darby||1,485||11%|
|Monster Raving Loony||Mad Mike Young||339||3%|
|Green||Richard John Bishop||337||3%|
|Liberal Democrat||David John Spurling||175||1%|
|Conservative gain from UKIP||Swing||%|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||%|
|Liberal Democrat||Tony Clark||330||9%||-|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||10%|
|Liberal Democrat||Gareth Dominic Edmund Arnold||188||4%||-|
|Conservative gain from UKIP||Swing|
|UKIP||Richard Frank Palmer||717||15%||12%|
|Liberal Democrat||Eddie Thomas||500||10%||3%|
|Liberal Democrat||Marc Wilson||228||5%||1%|
|Conservative gain from UKIP||Swing||10%|
There are five single-member constituencies and one multi-member constituency within the District of Tonbridge and Malling, which elect a total of seven councillors to Kent County Council. Below are the results:
|Liberal Democrat||Nicholas George Stapleton||460||10%||5|
|Labour||Kathleen Maria Garlick||336||7%||4|
|Green||Richard Paul Mountford||312||7%||2|
- "Upcoming elections & referendums". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
- "The Kent (Electoral Changes) Order 2016". legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
- "Kent County Council". Local Government Boundary Commission for England. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
- https://shareweb.kent.gov.uk/Documents/council-and-democracy/elections/persons%20nominated/nominations-ton-mallling.pdf[permanent dead link]