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Down’s syndrome abortion UKIP candidate Geoff Clark comes second in elections

UKIP candidate Geoffrey Clark

UKIP candidate Geoffrey Clark

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The Conservatives have won two council by-election seats in Gravesham, with controversial UKIP candidate Geoffrey Clark coming second place.

Julia Burgoyne is now the councillor for Meopham North on Gravesham council while Bryan Sweetland won Kent County Council’s Gravesham Rural seat.

UKIP candidate, Mr Clark, who called for the compulsory abortion of foetuses detected to have Down’s syndrome and other disabilities, came second place in both elections.

Police stepped up security at the polling stations as a result of outcry to Mr Clark’s personal manifesto, which was revealed exclusively in The Reporter this week.

It stated: “Consider compulsory abortion when the foetus is detected as having Downs, Spina Bifida or similar syndrome which, if it is born, will render the child a burden on the state as well as on the family.”

He also wants free euthanasia for the over-80s.

Mr Clark was suspended from UKIP but has not been sacked, hence he was able to still run as their candidate.

The by-election arose after the death of Cllr Mile Snelling.

The results

Meopham North (Gravesham Council)

Julia Burgoyne (Con) 419 - elected

Douglas Christie (Lab) 108

Geoffrey Clark (UKIP) 204

Martin Wilson (Lib Dem) 36

Turnout: 21.97%

Gravesham Rural (Kent County Council)

Douglas Christie (Lab) 397

Geoffrey Clark (UKIP) 634

Gill McGill (Lib Dem) 91

Bryan Sweetland (Con) 1,780 - elected

Turnout: 17.83%

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