English Democrats beat major party in Dartford and Gravesham PCC elections

PUBLISHED: 16:23 06 May 2016 | UPDATED: 16:23 06 May 2016

Steve Uncles

Steve Uncles


Voters turned out to vote on Thursday

Voters in north west Kent were more likely to vote for the English Democrats than the Liberal Democrats at yesterday’s police and crime commissioner elections.

Steve Uncles, candidate for the English Democrats, had campaigned for a ban on the burka and the use of ‘lethal force’ from armed border controls.

The Kent-born candidate gained 484 votes in Dartford to Lib Dem Dave Naghi’s 429.

In Gravesham, Mr Uncles, gained 466 votes, two more than Mr Naghi.

Both candidates were a long distance away from the other contenders, with the next candidate, Dartford’s Gurvinder Sandher, gaining 2,765 votes in Gravesend and 1,391 in Dartford.

Mr Uncles, ultimately finished last in the election, more than 10,000 votes behind Mr Naghi in fifth.

In the role’s inaugural election four years ago just 16 per cent of voters took part in the election, which saw independent candidate Ann Barnes take the role.

But as the county voted for its second police and crime commissioner, voter turnout in Gravesend and Dartford grew to nearly 20 per cent.

In Gravesend, 19 per cent of the electorate had their say, while Dartford saw 18.9 per cent take part.

The numbers are a turnaround compared to the last election, when Dartford and Gravesend had the lowest number of voters across all of Kent.

To follow the full election results, including the announcement of Kent’s next PCC click HERE.

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