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Tory Gravesham councillor John Cubitt thinks Labour will take his seat

PUBLISHED: 10:47 03 May 2013

Conservative John Cubitt

Conservative John Cubitt

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A Conservative councillor hoping to hold his Kent County Council seat in Gravesham East believes polls may have swung in favour of Labour.

John Cubitt, also a Gravesham borough councillor in Meopham North, believes there was a strong turnout for the left-wing party through postal votes for yesterday’s local election.

Due to a predicted low turnout at polls and parties such as Ukip taking votes from Tory candidates, Cllr Cubitt is anticipating the end of his KCC tenure.

He said: “There’s a very high postal vote in Gravesham East, far higher than west or rural.

“I think a strong base was established by Labour through those votes, so I’m wary of that.

“The turnout at polls has been low and I’m aware there was a very mixed voting pattern.

“So, as a consequence, the vote favours Labour. If that’s the case we will be working very hard to change that.”

Despite anticipating the loss of his own seat, Cllr Cubitt is “confident” his party colleague Bryan Sweetland will retain his seat in Gravesham Rural.

Mr Cubbitt was elected in 2009, taking the seat from Labour’s Jane Cribbon.

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