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Labour candidate in crash arrest

By Brian Wheeler
Political reporter, BBC News

Labour candidate Kathryn Smith
Kathryn Smith was not seriously hurt in the incident

A Labour general election candidate was arrested after crashing her car into a roundabout, says her agent.

Kathryn Smith, standing in Gravesham, is understood to have been breathalysed at the scene. Her agent said she had asked to provide a blood sample.

She was taken to hospital after the incident at University Way, Dartford, on Monday but was not seriously hurt.

Kent police said a 49-year-old woman had been arrested and bailed to 10 July, pending further inquiries.

She is understood to have been cut from the car by firefighters after crashing into a roundabout at about 10pm.

Her agent, Ray Parker, said she had discharged herself from hospital in the early hours of Tuesday morning. She was not available for comment.

Mr Parker said she had suffered cuts and bruises in the crash but it was not expected to affect her campaign and she was "out meeting people" in the town centre earlier on Wednesday.

The Gravesham seat is a key marginal, which Tory candidate Adam Holloway took from Labour in 2005, by just 654 votes.

Until recently, Ms Smith was a director of the Co-operative Bank. She has been a local councillor and is a former leader and deputy mayor of Bexley.

According to her website, she has also served on her local NHS Primary Care Trust with special responsibilities for maternity services and children's services and was chaired the Thames Gateway Skillswork Board, a regeneration project.

She lives in North West Kent with her partner and young daughter.

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