However, in the local council elections in Kent there was one result which would have been picked up on the Richter Scale. UKIP took control of its first ever council, winning Thanet and pushing the incumbent Labour group into third place – despite not electing Nigel Farage as their MP.
Below are the local election results and how the respective parties changed in terms of their influence and strength.
A few councils had boundary changes making it difficult to determine the scale of political change – but in short, and with the obvious exception of Thanet – the Conservatives generally strengthened their respective positions.
Given the scale of the changes and appointment of many new Councillors, the challenge for many businesses, especially those looking to secure planning permission, will be how to engage. Maxim’s team is available to offer an insight and advise on major projects and help companies secure their investment plans.
Following the Boundary Commission review the number of Councillors will be reducing from 50 to 39 after the Local Council elections on 7 May 2015.
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Following the Boundary Commission review the number of Councillors will be reducing to 30.
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Boundary changes have created an extra Ward and seat.
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