Rick Everitt has returned to Thanet District Council after losing his seat in the UKIP surge in 2015. When he was last on the Council, the Voice of the Valley editor was a cabinet member with responsibilities in the finance area.
Result in Newington Ward:
- Constantine, Karen (Labour) 412
- Everitt, Rick (Labour and Roland Out), 365
- Green Party, 209
- Conservatives 188 and 181.
In the Eastcliff ward, VOTV production team member Corinna Huxley was returned as Labour and Roland Out, but with a majority of just 46 over the Green Party candidate.
The Conservatives have five more seats than Labour so it is anticipated that they will form the administration and the Rickster will be in an opposition role, something he is not entirely unfamiliar with.
Given that there will probably no implications for VOTV, although Everitt has not so far responded to requests for a statement. I suspect that the hapless contributors may find themselves dragged out of their watering holes more often to provide copy.