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Conservative Candidate Helen Whately tries to claim credit for Lib Dem New Malden success story

Conservative Parliamentary Candidate Helen Whately has been slammed for “jumping on the bandwagon” of a successful campaign led by local Liberal Democrats.

A Full Council question was asked about an article in a political newspaper article by Conservative Helen Whately. It suggested she was responsible for South West Trains changing their policy of permanently closing the South exit of New Malden train station.

It was revealed that Ms Whately did not attend the important negotiations which resulted in the exit being kept open at peak times to avoid increased congestion, and financial damage to local businesses which rely of commuter traffic.

It is clear that Ms Whately jumped on the bandwagon after local Liberal Democrat MPs and councillors supporting local residents and businesses, had been on the case for two months and a solution already potentially reached.”

Residents and local businesses who were involved in that campaign and those meetings with Liberal Democrat councillors and MPs will be surprised that Ms Whately is claiming credit. A photograph of Helen Whately with Conservative councillors and activists does not make a successful campaign.

That requires the hard work and pressure applied by Liberal Democrat councillors and MPs.

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Kingston makes bid for new build housing

At last night’s meeting of the Executive, Cllr Penny Shelton announced the Administration has put in a bid for new build affordable housing in the Borough.

The Executive Member for Housing said: “I am delighted to say that the Council has submitted a bid to the Homes and Communities Agency to build 8 new, affordable houses on the site of Yew Tree House in Old Malden.

“This funding involved is part of the Housing Stimulus package announced by the Chancellor in the 2009 Budget and follows a recognition by the Government that local authorities should become more directly involved again in providing new affordable homes.”

She added: “We will hear early in the new year if the bid has been successful. If it is, these will be the first new homes built by the Council since 1993.”

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