9th May 2011
Maidstone Greens have called the results of last week's local elections in Maidstone a slap in the face for the Lib Dems, and they have welcomed their own significant advance. Maidstone Greens increased the number of votes in Fant Ward by 66% from the last comparable election in 2009 to have a very respectable result in the only four-way marginal in Kent. The Greens now need just 8% or 202 votes more to win the ward.
Stuart Jeffery, Maidstone Greens: "To come so close in Fant Ward was disappointing but our vote has increased dramatically and we were just 8% away from winning, so there is much to be pleased about.
"Across Maidstone, the Lib Dems have clearly suffered at the hands of the national party - getting in to bed with the Tories was a poor idea and Maidstone residents are rightly angry about it. Maidstone is clearly angry about the coalition and this is a slap in the face for them.
"We will be back to fight next year and look forward to getting our first seat on the council."
Fant by-election in 2009, Greens got 317 votes which increased to 526 in 2011.
Fant results: Green 526 (21.4%); Lab 542 (22.1%); Lib Dem 661 (26.9%); Con 727 (29.6%)