Rochester and Strood by-election will be contested by Alan Kew

Alan Kew

Alan Kew

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.

Kelly Tolhurst MP said:

I am delighted Alan Kew has been selected as the Conservative candidate for Rochester West. Alan has lived in the ward for many years, and is a true defender of our community. He has been part of the Conservative local team and I know he will work tirelessly representing the residents of Rochester West at Medway Council alongside Cllr Stuart Tranter.

Councillor Alan Jarrett, Leader of the Council, said:

I would like to formally congratulate Alan Kew on his selection as Conservative Candidate for the Rochester West by-election. I am extremely pleased to welcome a candidate of Alan’s calibre to the Conservative Group, and I very much look forward to both supporting him throughout the campaign and working with him in the future.

2 Comments On “Rochester and Strood by-election will be contested by Alan Kew”


    Interesting though it may be to learn of this mans hobbies and profession surely it would be more pertinent to give an indication of any political experience or opinions.


  2. Robin, that’s a good point. More policies are in various publications which, if you live in the ward, I hope you will receive. As you will know, most local issues are not political and Alan brings a huge amount of energy and skill in terms of town regeneration, people skills, managing case work and so on. Politically he is consistent with Conservative values but driven more by community than political idealism. He felt on balance we should stay in the EU, but he is now only looking to the future and supporting the government to reach a good deal when we leave the EU.


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