Election 2017: Conservative Adam Holloway elected for fourth term in Gravesham
PUBLISHED: 10:39 09 June 2017 | UPDATED: 10:39 09 June 2017
Labour also gained votes in the area
The Conservative party has tightened its grip on Gravesham as the UK faces a hung Parliament.
Tory candidate Adam Holloway will return for his fourth term in the constituency, having been first elected in 2005.
Gaining more than 55 per cent of votes, the party’s favour among voters grew by nearly nine per cent compared to 2015, and managed to fend off a 6.4 per cent rise in the Labour’s party’s local popularity.
Both parties capitalised on a 15 per cent drop in voter support for Ukip, which ultimately finished third.
Finishing with four per cent of the vote, candidate Emmanuel Feyisetan told followers: “No matter what, always continue to fight and stand for what you believe.”
Labour candidate Mandy Garford said: “Obviously we’re disappointed in the result, but the people of Gravesham have chosen.
“The fact that Adam Holloway was an MP for a number of years probably had an impact on how people voted we campaigned on issues of protecting the NHS and education budgets, as we predict all schools in Gravesham will lose funding under changes to the education funding formula.
“I’m not sure how Mr Holloway can protect schools’ funding from his position within the Conservative party.
“We’ve had a great election nationally and everyone at Gravesham Labour worked really hard on this campaign and we will come back stronger next time.”
Speaking to BBC Radio Kent after the election results were announced, Mr Holloway claimed the public’s dependency on the state should lessen, criticising pledges from other parties.
He said: “The state must provide a Rolls Royce service for the vulnerable but for those of us who can look after ourselves, and that’s most people, we should be taking responsibility for ourselves.
“The ‘right’ needs to start making those arguments a lot better, because to me, the false argument that the state has endless money and the state looks after everybody that so many young people appear to have voted for at this election, to me is nonsense.”
To see the election results in full, click here.