Labour made huge gains at the district election, going from five seats to 20, and Greens are on the authority for the first time winning three seats. Independent Ruth Brackstone-Bailey also gained a seat with her vote rising from 230 (2%) in the 2015 election to 776 (15%) in the 2019 poll.
The results mean Cllr Brackstone-Bailey is now the only independent on the council after Suzanne Brimm lost her seat in Birchington South.
Conservatives also increased by three seats to 25 while UKIP were wiped out of the authority and Thanet Independents party won seven seats, a loss of six pre-election places. Party leader Stuart Piper and wife Lynda Piper retained their seats as did Dane Valley councillor Gary Taylor.
New Labour councillor for Margate Central Rob Yates, who was elected alongside Labour’s Helen Whitehead, said:”Today Labour has quadrupled the number of councillors it has and is looking forward to holding the ruling party to account. We are delighted with the result, which has been a real group effort and want to thank the people of Thanet for their support.”
The turnout was 30.15%.
The results mean Conservatives still lead a minority administration with party leader Bob Bayford retaining his seat but Labour now form a large opposition.
There will need to be agreement and alliances for Conservatives to gain a majority on decisions coming before full council.
Prior to the election the council was compirsed of 22 Conservative, 14 Independent and UKIP group, 12 Thanet Independent Councillors, five Labour and two Independents.
Seats won 2019
|The Conservative Party Candidate||25||38%|
|Thanet Independents Party||7||10%|
Seats won 2015
|Conservative Party Candidate||18||31%|
|The Labour Party Candidate||2||12%|