Reasonable results last night:
Maidstone Central: Green 393; Lab 943; Con 1301; LD 2169; UKIP 510; ED 89 Turnout 19%
Allington: Green 30; Lab 179; Con 434; LD 885; UKIP 162 Turnout 30%
Allington has always been the ward with the lowest Green vote in Maidstone and excluding those numbers from the Maidstone Central result gives a much clearer picture of how well we have done - an estimated 10% in the non-Allington wards.
Thanks to all the team!
The big loser last night was democracy. A turnout of just 19% is very poor (and was just 16% across the non-Allington wards in Maidstone Central). There will have been four elections in Allington this year: two borough elections, the county council by election and the police commissioner election. People must be getting a bit hacked off with repeated trips to the polling station.
I am also concerned that people had received police commissioner polling cards before the by-election yesterday. I wonder how many got confused between the elections and that they didn't need to vote until 15th Nov?