A socialist candidate who was left embarrassed when he received no votes in last week’s UK General Election has demanded a recount.
Paul Dennis, who stood for the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) in Rainham North in the Medway Council elections in Kent, was left “baffled” by the count.
When the announcer revealed Mr Dennis hadn’t earned a single vote on May 7, the room burst into laughter, leaving the 45-year-old “red-faced and fuming”.
Speaking this week, Mr Dennis – a train conductor for Southeastern – said the result was “obviously wrong” as he had voted for himself and so had his father and wife (or at least, they said they did).
I was gutted to be honest – it was a bit humiliating, especially at work. (But) people have come up to me and said ‘I voted for you’.
A total of 8,464 votes were cast in the ward, with two Conservative candidates David Carr (2,247 votes) and Martin Potter (1,910 votes) elected, and just 13 voting slips rejected as void.
Chas Berry, a TUSC spokesman added:
We think it’s impossible for him to get zero votes. He lives in the ward, as do several members of his family. You think, if that was wrong, what else was wrong? The council have some serious questions to answer.
Unfortunately for Mr Dennis, the council chief executive Neil Davies said they cannot now investigate the result and it will stand as it is, so it looks like the poor guy will have to put up with jokes from his colleagues for a bit longer.