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Former council leader faces court

PUBLISHED: 15:43 04 August 2010 | UPDATED: 11:50 23 August 2010

Labour s former general election candidate is due to appear at Dartford Magistrates Court today charged with drink driving. Kathryn Smith, who finished second in Gravesham s election, is contesting a blood test that allegedly revealed her to be more than

Labour's former general election candidate is due to appear at Dartford Magistrates Court today charged with drink driving.

Kathryn Smith, who finished second in Gravesham's election, is contesting a blood test that allegedly revealed her to be more than two times over the legal limit following a car crash on University Way, Dartford, just days before voters went to the polls.

Ms Smith, 50, of Cambridge Avenue, Welling, is a former leader and deputy major of Bexley Council, and an ex-director of the Co-operative bank.

The incident, on April 26, saw Ms Smith crash her Renault Laguna into a roundabout.

She was suspended from the Labour Party when she was formally charged by police in June.

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