A very disappointing result for Labour and the people of Swanley.
Michael Horwood the Conservative candidate was elected with 65% of the vote.
The turn outs was very low, with only 25% of the electorate voting.
Angela George, the Labour candidate, came second with 24% of the vote.
The Liberal Democrat candidate, John Owen Jones, came third with only 6% of the vote. Phil Levy of the Greens got 3% of the vote, trailing in last was the BNP candidate Clifford Le May with 3%.
The result is very disappointing, but Labour is clearly the main opposition to the Tories. It is clear that not voting is a Tory vote! We need to ensure that the one million young people who are not registered to vote and the millions of others who do not vote realise the importance of voting to get the Tories out, save our NHS and welfare services, and build a better society.
Make sure you, your family, friends and everyone is registered to vote. It takes a few moments and you can do it here:
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To vote in the General Election on 8 June, you need to register by 11:59pm on 22 May. You don’t need to register again if you’ve already registered.
Let’s take this disappointing result as a warning, and make sure we get everyone registered to vote. We need a high turn out to ensure Labour wins in the General Election.