Polls open for Cliftonville East district seat by-election


A by-election is being held in Cliftonville East today (July 22) following the resignation of Lesley Game from her Thanet council seat in order to concentrate on her county council role.

The candidates are:

Don Challenger (Labour); Charlie Leys (Conservative) and Kandiss Riley (Women`s Equality Party).

Polling stations are open until 10pm and are at:

Cliftonville ( Outdoor) Bowls Club, St Georges Pavillion, Third Avenue

St Philips Church, Summerfield Road,

Cliftonville Library, Northdown Road

Don Challenger (Lab)

Main career in IT, finishing as a business analyst consultant. Works part-time delivering medication for a pharmacy. Spare time is mainly spent in the garden, playing badminton and golf, and reading, as well as politics. Core beliefs are social justice, equal opportunities, anti-discrimination, wealth redistribution and social housing.

Charlie Leys (Con)

Lived in Thanet for his entire life, attended the Hereson school, and graduated from University.

Works in a local supermarket and has served Deputy Mayor.

Aims to be a voice for the younger generation who are under-represented on TDC.

Kandiss Riley

Kandiss Riley will be standing for the Women’s Equality party. The businesswoman is passionate about education, health and anti-violence against women.

She is an intersectional equal rights activist with over 10 years experience of campaigning and community work.


  1. I have just been to Cliftonville Bowls club to vote. I drove to the main car park and there was no signage whatsoever for the polling station. I didn’t walk around and yes, I should have read my voting card more accurately but I am surely not the only one to have made this error today. I have come home without voting.

      • I could not go out again as I am a full time carer and the person who had come in whilst I went out, had to leave.

  2. Would love to see Kandiss elected. The council needs less councillors from the main political parties.

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