May 7th was a disappointment for many in Dartford. Clearly we have much to do over the next five years. Well done Simon Thomson for an inspiring campaign, and to our 7 local councillors who will be keeping the flame alive. Commiserations to unsuccessful candidates. Most of all, thanks to over 13000 people who voted Labour.

Labour held on to its core vote; but failed to break through; in the process losing Council seats won in by-elections since 2011. We're particularly sad to lose Labour leader Geoff Prout from Princes ward; and Simon Thomson would have been an outstanding MP.

Here's the parliamentary result, from the council website:

Dartford - results
Election Candidate Party Votes %  
 Gareth Alan Johnson The Conservative Party Candidate 25670 48.97% Elected
 Simon Tobias Thomson Labour Party 13325 25.42% Not elected
 Elizabeth Eirwen Jones UK Independence Party (UKIP) 10434 19.91% Not elected
 Simon James Beard Liberal Democrats 1454 2.77% Not elected
 Andrew Danny Blatchford Green Party 1324 2.53% Not elected
 Steven Thomas Uncles English Democrats - "Putting England First!" 211 0.40% Not elected

 Labour councillors are now:

Tom Maddison

Daisy Page 

Bachchu Kaini

Mark Maddison

Pat Kelly

Josh Jones

Jonathon Hawkes.

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