Rochester and Strood Conservatives have selected Borstal resident Alan Kew, to contest the Rochester West by-election on Thursday 8 March called following the resignation of Kelly Tolhurst MP as the ward councillor. Kelly’s promotion to the Government Whips Office meant she could no longer continue in both roles.
Alan, a keen cyclist and sailor, has lived in Borstal for thirty years. Married to Hilary, they have a grown-up daughter and two grandchildren. He has worked as a civil engineer on regeneration and highway projects for 35 years.
This week the Prime Minister delivered a reshuffle of her government team, and I was extremely honoured to have been asked to join her team as a Government Whip. After discussions with colleagues and residents it is clear I am unable to carry on with my role as a local authority councillor without conflict. This has meant that, with the heaviest of hearts, I am having to resign as a councillor for Rochester West.
I first stood as a councillor in 2011, to represent the ward where I lived and to make a difference to my community. Since then I have been elected as the Member of Parliament and have managed to carry out both roles without complications, representing the constituency in Parliament and Rochester West at Council.
Travellers recently moved into our constituency at the Esplanade in Strood, the Vines park in Rochester and the Borstal Recreation Ground. The Medway Messenger published an article including the reaction of our local MP, Kelly Tolhurst and Rochester West councillor Stuart Tranter.
Rochester and Strood MP, Kelly Tolhurst, has been in the Medway Messenger speaking about Academies and their impact on local educational standards.