The leadership of the Medway Labour and Co-operative Group have congratulated new Councillor Lauren Edwards on her thumping by-election victory, and have spoken about what the results mean for the politics of Medway.

Cllr Teresa Murray, Deputy Leader of the Medway Labour and Co-operative Group and ward colleague of Cllr Lauren Edwards said:

“This election was called in tragic circumstances. Nick was a fantastic Councillor in Rochester East and was loved by people of all political stripes in Medway. He will be missed by our entire community.

“I’m grateful that my new ward colleague has all the attributes to be a successful representative of our area, and my assessment of her capabilities was evidently shared by the people of Rochester who have overwhelmingly endorsed her at the ballot box today. The size of her victory is reflective of an increasing desire from people in Medway to choose change by choosing Labour.”

Cllr Vince Maple, Leader of the Medway Labour and Co-operative Group added:

“Congratulations to Lauren on her outstanding victory this evening. Following on from our remarkable gain in the Strood North by-election a few months ago, the vote tonight is another clear indication of a shifting tide in Medway politics. While it’s true that this ward has always put their faith in its Labour representatives, the sheer scale of the victory will be enough for everyone to sit up and take notice.”

“If there ever was any doubt from some quarters about whether it was a realistic ambition for Labour to win control of Medway Council in 2023 for the first time in around two decades, these doubts have now all been evaporated. The clock is ticking on the local Conservative administration as voters clearly are looking for change.”

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