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ELECTION: Lib Dems dismiss indie Kate Hammond's chances as 'low level'

Friday 9th April 2021

THE Liberal Democrats have dismissed the independent challenge against borough council leader Martin Cox as having a "low level chance" of success.
The Lib Dems said indie Kate Hammond, a vocal critic of Maidstone Borough Council's housing policies, is a "one issue candidate".
Mrs Hammond announced yesterday she intends to stand against Cllr Cox, who enjoys a healthy majority in his East ward.

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Liberal Democrat spokesman Ian Chittenden said: "One issue candidiates don't tend to be favoured when they move out of their area. I am not criticising Kate for doing it and I understand her reasons.
"Even when these independents do get elected they don't last very long and can be gone inside six months or a year.
Martin has been tied up more with his leadership duties in the last couple of years but we have been supporting him in that situation.
"I would say that Kate has only a very low level chance of beating Martin."

Mrs Hammond added: “I might not win but I’m going to give it a good go. I have never belonged to a political party and I have nothing against Martin personally but he's the guy in charge and he has to be accountable."

The other candidiates are Harprit Singh Dogra (Con), Marlyn Randall (Lab) and James Shalice (Green).