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ELECTION 2021: Tories choose education expert Simon Webb as candidate

Friday 20th November 2020

SIMON Webb, of Hunton, will represent the Conservatives for Maidstone Rural West at next spring’s Kent County Council elections by winning the toss of coin after a dead heat in the divisional election on Monday with John Wilson of East Farleigh.
He stepped down as KCC’s Principal Primary Adviser for 458 schools several years ago and more recently has been running an academies' trust in Essex.

Mr Webb, pictured here camapigning in Dean Street against flytipping, said: "I didn't think I was going to win. John Wilson is a well-known, experienced and much-respected local politician, so it was something of a surprise but a good one. I'll work my socks off to win it."

At the 2017 KCC election, Tory Paulina Stockell took almost 50% of the vote, some 14% and 600 votes ahead of Liberal Democrat Brian Mortimer.