Cllr Vince Maple

Vince is the leader of the opposition group on Medway Council having been first elected as councillor for Chatham Central ward at the age of 29 in 2007 – he was the youngest Labour group leader in the country when he became opposition group leader in 2012.

Before focusing on local government service, Vince was a senior officer for the GMB Trade Union and also served in both the Home Office and Department for Work and Pensions.

Vince also represents the English Local Government Association on the European Local Government Association.

Vince has been at the forefront of national campaigns which have bought about change including tackling payday lenders such as Wonga and most recently Fixed Odds Betting Terminals.

Away from politics, Vince recently became a dad for the first time in July and when time allows he can be found watching Arsenal or attempting to sing at karaoke nights!