I predicted Sandra Hart would win in Dane Valley but I never expected almost half the Conservative vote would disappear leaving them slumped in third place. Labour's swing was 8.5% since 2007 but set against current national trends in the polls the swing is 13.5%.
Labour's win is all the more impressive because residents were forced to battle some of the worst weather of the year to get out and vote.
Sandra Hart said
"I'd like to thank everyone who made the effort to vote, especially those who turned out on such an extremely cold, wet and windy December day.
After the events of the past two years the residents of Dane Valley ward now deserve strong representation at TDC and I will certainly do my very best for them. I am fortunate to join a large group of Labour councillors with enormous experience and I know that as a team they will support all my efforts".
Star man Clive Hart the Labour Group Leader and Campaign Organiser said
"My wife Sandy was a first class candidate and I know she'll make an excellent councillor.
This election was my first real test as the Leader of Thanet Labour Group and I was very proud of the way our members campaigned. We fought a very clean fight with no mud-slinging whatsoever on our part and the residents of Dane Valley ward responded positively. I thank them sincerely for their support".
The repeated issues of poor conduct by Thanet Conservative Councillors, and the tolerance for misconduct within Thanet Conservative group were regularlry raised on the doorstep. Many former Conservatives were clear that they could not vote for their party in such circumstances.
Bill Furness' second place was an excellent result from no candidate last time.
Labour 34% previously 37% 318
Liberal Democrat 28% from nowhere 260
Conservative 24% falling from 44% 222
Independent 14% previously stood as Grey Party 19% 130
Regrettably turnout was a very disappointing 17%.
For more on Sandra and her campaign click here, here and here.
For background on the previous Conservative spending most oif his time in Panama click here, here and here.
For Thanet Conservative misconduct read this or any of the non-Conservative local blogs.