Conservative Bryan Sweetland wins Gravesham Rural and pays tribute to the late Cllr Mike Snelling

PUBLISHED: 12:36 03 May 2013 | UPDATED: 12:36 03 May 2013

Conservative councillor Bryan Sweetland has retained his seat in Gravesham Rural at the local election.

Cllr Sweetland received a vast majority of the vote, claiming 3,213 votes with Labour candidate Douglas Christie way behind with 954.

English Democrat candidate Steven Clegg trailed Labour by just 32 votes in third place.

It was a “very happy” victory for the Tory councillor, who has vowed to fight any proposals for a Lower Thames crossing in his ward.

He said: “I have lived there for 30 years and am well known in the area, so it’s a very happy victory for me.

“One of the things I will be focusing on is the upcoming government report on the Lower Thames crossing.

“I was the first local councillor to speak out against the proposed route and I will continue to fight that alongside residents.”

Cllr Sweetland also paid tribute to former Gravesham Rural councillor Mike Snelling, who won the election in 2009.

He added: “We have always been strong in the rural area, and a lot of that is down to Mike Snelling who sadly died last year.”

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