Kent General Election Candidates 2024: Everyone standing including in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks and Canterbury

Take a look at the odds in Kent ahead of the General Election 2019
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The General Election is fast approaching and more than 120 candidates across Kent’s 18 constituencies are after your vote

All but one of Kent’s 17 MPs before the election was elected as a Conservative, although Dover MP Natalie Elphicke has since defected to Labour. However, if polls are to be believed the county could be a lot more competitive this time.

Due to boundary changes the number of constituencies in Kent has increased from 17 to 18 with new seats of Weald of Kent, Tonbridge, Maidstone and Malling, Hearne Bay and Sandwich and East Thanet being created.

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Long-standing Kent MPs including Greg Clark and Craig Mackinlay are all not standing for reelection meaning whatever happens the county will be sending a lot of new faces to Westminster.

Election polls and projections, including those from YouGov, Election Calculus and Election Maps all suggest that seats could change hands in Kent this time around with Labour, the Lib Dems and even Reform targeting seats in the county.

In Kent, all of those parties will be targeting taking seats and votes off the Conservatives while the Green Party will also be hopeful of significant vote shares in some locations.

Nationally Keir Starmer’s Labour will be hoping to form the national Government while Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Conservatives will be hoping to limit losses as much as possible.

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See below for a full list of Kent candidates. All poll and projection data is correct as of the time of publication but is subject to change.

Ashford

The constituency, which includes the towns of Ashford and Aylesford, has been the seat of former cabinet minister Damian Green since 1997.

He won the seat in 2019 with a majority of just over 24,000 votes, however, forecasts from YouGov, Electoral Calculus and Election Maps all suggest that the seat could be won by Labour this time.

  • Damian Green, Con

  • Sojan Joseph, Lab

  • Tristram Kennedy Harper, Reform

  • James Ransley, Consensus

  • Mandy Rossi, Green

  • Adam Rowledge, Lib Dem

READ MORE: All the Ashford General Election candidates after your vote in 2024

Canterbury

Canterbury was the only Kent constituency to not elect a Conservative in 2019 with Labour’s Rosie Duffield taking the seat with a majority of just under 2,000 votes.

This time around latest projections from YouGov, Electoral Calculus and Election Maps all forecast a Labour hold with an increased majority.

  • Luke Buchanan-Hodgman, Social Democratic

  • Rosie Duffield, Lab

  • Louise Harvey-Quirke, Con

  • Bridget Porter, Reform

  • Henry Stanton, Green

  • Russ Timpson, Lib Dem

READ MORE: All the Canterbury General Election candidates after your vote in 2024

Chatham and Aylesford

Conservative Tracey Crouch has sat as the MP for the Chatham and Aylesford constituency, which also includes parts of Rochester, since 2010 but has stood down ahead of the 2024 election.

YouGov, Electoral Calculus and Election Maps are all forecasting narrow Labour victories over the Conservatives in the seat in the latest forecasts. Reform UK is also projected to take home a sizeable portion of the vote.

  • Nicholas Chan, Lib Dem

  • Nathan Gamester, Con

  • Thomas Mallon, Reform

  • Adedotun Ogundem, Christian Peoples Alliance

  • Tris Osborne, Lab

  • Steve Tanner, Social Democratic

  • Matt Valentine, Workers Party of Britain

  • Kim Winterbottom, Green

READ MORE: All the Chatham and Aylesford General Election candidates after your vote in 2024

Dartford

Conservative Gareth Johnson has represented Dartford at Westminster since 2010 and won the seat in the 2019 election with a majority of just over 19,000 votes.

The constituency, which also contains the towns of Ebbsfleet and Swanscombe, will be another Labour target and YouGov, Electoral Calculus and Election Maps are all currently projecting a victory for the party.

  • Jim Dickson, Lab

  • Laura Edie, Green

  • Gareth Johnson, Con

  • Kyle Marsh, Lib Dem

  • Lee Stranders, Reform

READ MORE: All the Dartford General Election candidates after your vote in 2024

Dover and Deal

The constituency, previously known as just Dover before boundary changes, was the seat of Natalie Elphicke, who was elected as a Conservative MP with a majority of more than 12,000 votes in 2019 before defecting to Labour earlier this year.

The seat is forecast to be a Labour win by YouGov, Electoral Campus and Election Maps.

  • Howard Cox, Reform

  • Penelope James, Lib Dem

  • Stephen James, Con

  • Steve Laws, English Democrats

  • Geoffrey Lymer, Ind

  • Christine Oliver, Green

  • Ash Payne, Ind

  • Sylvia Petersen, Heritage

  • Mike Tapp, Lab

  • Colin Tasker, Workers Party of Britain

  • Chris Tough, Ind

READ MORE: All the Dover and Deal General Election candidates after your vote in 2024

East Thanet

East Thanet is a new constituency made up mostly of areas that were previously in Thanet South and some that were in Thanet North.

Thanet South was the seat of Conservative MP Craig Mackinlay, who is standing down, while Thanet North was the seat of Conservative MP Roger Gale, who is standing in Herne Bay and Sandwich.

For East Thanet YouGov, Electoral Calculus and Election Maps are all forecasting that the seat will be run by Labour.

  • Polly Billington, Lab

  • Grahame Birchall, Ind

  • Helen Harrison, Con

  • Paul Holton, Ind

  • Steve Roberts, Green

  • Mo Shafaei, Ind

  • Jai Singh, Lib Dem

  • Paul Webb, Reform

READ MORE: All the East Thanet General Election candidates after your vote in 2024

Faversham and Mid Kent

Faversham and Mid Kent is forecast to be one of the county’s most competitive seats and is a possible three-way marginal between the Conservatives, Labour and Reform UK.

The seat is currently held by the Conservatives and has been represented in Westminster by Helen Whately since 2015 and in 2019, Ms Whately secured a majority of nearly 22,000 votes.

YouGov, Electoral Calculus and Election Maps all predict narrow Labour victories.

  • Mel Dawkins, Lab

  • Maxwell Harrison, Reform

  • Hannah Perkin, Lib Dem

  • Lawrence Rustem, British Democratic

  • Hannah Temple, Green

  • Helen Whately, Con

READ MORE: All the Faversham and Mid Kent General Election candidates after your vote in 2024

Folkestone and Hythe

Another seat where it could possibly be close between the Conservatives’ Labour and Reform, Folkestone and Hythe is currently held by Tory MP Damian Collins.

Mr Collins won the seat with a majority of more than 21,000 votes in 2019 but this time around YouGov, Electoral Calculus and Election Maps are all forecasting a narrow Labour victory.

  • David Allen, Fairer Voting

  • Marianne Brett, Green

  • Damian Collins, Con

  • Momtaz Khanom, Trade Unionist and Socialist

  • Larry Ngan, Lib Dem

  • Andy Thomas, Socialist Party

  • Tony Vaughan, Lab

  • Bill Wright, Reform

READ MORE: All the Folkestone and Hythe General Election candidates after your vote in 2024

Gillingham and Rainham

The seat of Gillingham and Rainham has been held by Conservative MP Rehman Chishti since 2010 and he is again running for parliament this time around.

Mr Chishti won the seat with a majority of just over 15,000 votes in 2019 but as with many other seats in the county, this time around YouGov, Electoral Calculus and Election Maps are forecasting a Labour victory. All three sites forecast Conservatives to come second with Reform UK third.

  • Kate Belmonte, Green

  • Stuart Bourne, Lib Dem

  • Rehman Chishti, Con

  • Peter Cook, Ind

  • Naushabah Khan, Lab

  • Roger Peacock, Christian Peoples Alliance

  • Rizvi Rawoof, Reform

  • Peter Wheeler, Social Democrat

READ MORE: All the Gillingham and Rainham General Election candidates after your vote in 2024

Gravesham

The constituency of Gravesham, which also includes the areas of Northfleet and Luddlesdown, has been represented by Conservative MP Adam Holloway since 2005.

However, the area did send a Labour MP to Westminster between 1997 and 2005 and in 2024 YouGov, Electoral Calculus and Election Maps are all forecasting that the seat could return to the hands of the Labour Party.

  • Matthew Fraser Moat, Reform

  • Adam Holloway, Con

  • Rebecca Hopkins, Green

  • Ukonu Obasi, Lib Dem

  • Lauren Sullivan, Lab

READ MORE: All the Gravesham General Election candidates after your vote in 2024

Herne Bay and Sandwich

This is a new constituency after the 2024 boundary changes. It is mostly made up of the old Thanet North seat, which was held by Conservative MP Roger Gale, but also includes areas that were formally part of Thanet South and Canterbury constituencies.

Polling and projections for the new seat are very close but all three of YouGov, Electoral Calculus and Election Maps currently forecast a narrow Conservative victory.

  • Thea Barrett, Green

  • Angie Curwen, Lib Dem

  • Roger Gale, Con

  • Amelia Randall, Reform

  • Helen Whitehead, Lab

READ MORE: All the Herne Bay and Sandwich General Election candidates after your vote in 2024

Maidstone and Malling

Another new seat Maidstone and Malling is made up of around two thirds of the areas previously in the Maidstone and The Weald constituency but also includes areas previously in the Tonbridge and Malling and Chatham and Aylesford seats.

Helen Grant, who was previously the MP for Maidstone and The Weald, is standing in this seat.

YouGov, Electoral Calculus and Election Maps are all forecasting wins for the Conservatives, though some of the forecasts project a very tight race with Labour.

  • Gary Butler, British Democratic

  • Maureen Cleator, Lab

  • Helen Grant, Con

  • Stuart Jeffery, Green

  • Yolande Kenward, Ind

  • David Naghi, Lib Dem

  • Paul Thomas, Reform

READ MORE: All the Maidstone and Malling General Election candidates after your vote in 2024

Rochester and Strood

The seat of Rochester and Strood has been held by Conservative MP Kelly Tolhurst since 2015 and was won by a majority of more 17,000 votes in 2019.

The constituency also includes the areas of Chatham and the Hoo Peninsula and is forecast to be won by Labour by YouGov, Election Calculus and Election Maps.

  • Peter Burch, Heritage

  • Graham Colley, Lib Dem

  • Daniel Dabin, Reform

  • Lauren Edwards, Lab

  • John Innes, Workers Party of Britain

  • Cat Jamieson, Green

  • Kelly Tolhurst, Con

READ MORE: All the Rochester and Strood General Election candidates after your vote in 2024

Sevenoaks

The seat of Sevenoaks has been held by the Conservatives since 1924 with current MP Laura Trott taking the seat in 2019 with a majority of over 20,000 votes.

YouGov, Electoral Calculus and Election Maps are forecast that the seat will narrowly return a Conservative MP but are split on if Labour or Lib Dems will be the closest challengers.

  • Adam Hibbert, Social Democratic

  • Elwyn Jones, Rejon EU

  • Laura Manston, Green

  • James Milmine, Reform

  • Denise Scott-McDonald, Lab

  • Richard Streatfeild, Lib Dem

  • Laura Trott, Con

READ MORE: All the Sevenoaks General Election candidates after your vote in 2024

Sittingbourne and Sheppy

This constituency, which also includes the areas of Sheerness and Hartlip, has been represented by Conservative MP Gordon Henderson since 2010.

Mr Henderson has stood down ahead of the 2024 election and the race for the seat this time around is forecast to be very close.

YouGov and Electoral Calculus projections currently forecast a narrow Labour victory while Election Maps forecasts that the Conservatives will hold the seat. All three forecasts also expect a strong showing from Reform UK.

  • Mike Baldock, Swale Independents

  • Sam Banks, Green

  • Matt Brown, Ind

  • Aisha Cuthbert, Con

  • William Fotheringham-Bray, Reform

  • Frances Kneller, Lib Dem

  • Kevin McKenna, Lab

  • Mad Mike Young, Monster Raving Loony

READ MORE: All the Sittingbourne and Sheppy General Election candidates after your vote in 2024

Tonbridge

Tonbridge is a new seat for the 2024 election but is mostly made up of areas from the previous constituency of Tonbridge and Malling with areas that were previously part of Dartford and Sevenoaks also included.

Former Conservative party leadership contender Tom Tugendhat, who was previously MP for Tonbridge and Malling, is standing in the area and it is forecast to be on of the Consevrative’s safest seats in Kent.

YouGov, Electoral Calculus and Election Maps also forecast solid Tory victories.

  • Lewis Bailey, Lab

  • Anna Cope, Green

  • Ian Grattidge, Social Democratic

  • Teresa Hansford, Reform

  • Tim Shaw, Independent Alliance

  • Tom Tugendhat, Con

  • John Woollcombe, Lib Dem

READ MORE: All the Tonbridge General Election candidates 2024 who are after your vote

Tunbridge Wells

Former Conservative minister Greg Clark has represented Tunbridge Wells since 2005 but has stood down ahead of the 2024 election.

The seat has been a Tory stronghold since its creation in 1974 but could be an area that provides a Lib Dem MP this time around.

All three of YouGov, Electoral Calculus and Election Maps are currently forecasting the Lib Dems as the most likely winners.

  • John Gager, Reform

  • John Hurst, Green

  • Hassan Kassem, Ind

  • Neil Mahapatra, Con

  • Mike Martin, Lib Dem

  • Hugo Pound, Lab

READ MORE: All the Tunbridge Wells General Election candidates after your vote in 2024

Weald of Kent

This is a completely new constituency for the 2024 General Election and is made up of around a third of the former Ashford seat, a third of the former Maidstone and The Weald seat and sections of the old Faversham and Mid Kent and Folkestone and Hythe seats.

YouGov, Electoral Calculus and Election Maps all predict a Conservative MP will be sent to Westminster with Labour and Reform UK competing for second place.

  • John Howson, Lib Dem

  • Daniel Kersten, Reform

  • Katie Lam, Con

  • Lenny Rolles, Lab

  • Kate Walder, Green

READ MORE: All the Weald of Kent General Election candidates after your vote in 2024

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