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Jon Tolley: Why I'm running for the Lib Dems in the Grove by-election

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Conservative error costs £600,000 as Kingston Academy set to open in car park

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The education of our children overrides political point scoring and Liberal Democrats are very pleased for parents and children that the Kingston Academy will be opening in September. What is lamentable, however, is the news the new Free School would not be able to open on time without help from the Local Authority to the tune of £600,000 for portable classrooms.

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Robin Meltzer on Zac Goldsmith's bid to be London Mayor

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Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative MP for Richmond Park, has announced that he will put his name forward to succeed Boris Johnson as London Mayor.

Robin Meltzer, Liberal Democrat parliamentary campaigner for Richmond Park, has a few choice words to say.....

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Lib Dems unhappy with boundary drawn by Tories for proposed Kingston Opportunity Area

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Liberal Democrats were left reeling at the last meeting of Infrastructure, Projects and Contracts Committee when they found themselves at the end of a tirade of insults from Conservative Councillors for asking some serious questions about the proposed Kingston Opportunity Area.

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Cllr Chrissie Hitchcock

It is with great sadness we must report the sudden death of Cllr Chrissie Hitchcock on the evening of Monday 25th May 2015.

Chrissie had served as a councillor in Grove ward for 25 years. During that time she had taken on a number of senior roles, including two periods as Mayor of the Royal Borough.

Many tributes have been paid to Chrissie; here are three of them. 

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Tory claims “they rejected Post Office application” not true!

Ahead of the Grove Ward by election on 7 May, Lib Dem Leader, Councillor Liz Green has issued a warning to residents not to be taken in by Tory claims that they have rejected the Post Office planning application.

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Rebekah Moll, Lib Dem candidate in Grove ward, writes

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I am sure you, like me, care very much for the town we live in - its character as an ancient market town and its environment with green spaces like the Fairfield in the town centre, and access to areas like Richmond Park and Home Park close by.

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Residents urged to make their views knows at the Public Exhibition for Kingston’s Old Post Office planning application

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Kingston Liberal Democrat Councillor for Grove Ward, Stephen Brister, is urging residents to make their views known on the planning application for the Old Post Office Site in Kingston.

The plans for St George’s planning application are on display later this week (15 Jan, 16 Jan and 17 Jan) at a Public Exhibition at the Old Post Office building.

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Help us save Kingston’s tumbling phone boxes

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In January, Lib Dem councillors Stephen Brister and Chrissie Hitchcock, alongside MP for Kingston and Surbiton Ed Davey, launched a campaign to block the Tory Council’s proposals to get rid of Kingston’s iconic tumbling phone boxes at the junction of Old London Rd and Clarence St.

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21 storey tower block for Kingston?

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Sign the petition against this development

After the Conservative-run Council published a development brief for Kingston’s Eden Quarter encouraging proposals for a new tower block on the corner of Brook St and Wheatfield Way, private developers have submitted a new planning application for a twenty-one storey building.

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