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


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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Fountain Roundabout Survey

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Many residents have told us what a nightmare the Fountain roundabout can be for driving, cycling, walking or on public transport. We are calling on Conservative run Kingston Council to make improvements. However, all too often, politicians and council officers come up with solutions to what they think are the problems. Instead, we are asking those who use it.

We’ve designed this very brief survey to find out the issues directly from you - the residents who use the roundabout on a frequent basis.

Survey Closed - Many thanks for your feedback

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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 agree with Councillor Recall but say current proposals don’t go far enough!

Conservative proposals for councillors to be sacked from office if they fall below an agreed standard through a ‘Councillor Recall’ system are due to debated at Council in July. Liberal Democrats do not think the current proposals go far enough and at the very least would like to see residents involved in setting the standards.

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Liberal Democrats successfully get batteries included in door to door collections

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Collections of batteries from door steps across the borough were put under threat earlier this year by the Conservative Administration when they agreed to stop weekly recycling collections and introduce fortnightly collections. Now thanks to environmental pressure from the Liberal Democrat Group, it looks like doorstep collections of batteries will be saved.

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Lib Dem candidates chosen for Council by-elections on May 7th

There will be two Council by-elections on May 7th, the same day as the General Election.

Following the resignation of long serving Councillor Vicki Harris, Tom Davies will be standing in Tolworth & Hook Rise ward.

In Grove ward Rebekah Moll will be hoping to replace Councillor Stephen Brister who has also resigned.


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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Lib Dems call for Extraordinary Meeting of the Council

The Conservative Leader of the Council has demonstrated unbelievable double standards in a malicious tweet linking Lib Dem ex employees and former councillors to developers. The tweet comes after a Lib Dem motion that would have triggered a debate at Council about Councillor Kevin Davis’ dual role as Leader of the Council and as Chief Operating Officer for a public affairs company was withdrawn for legal reasons.

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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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Media consultants bought in at additional £90,000 to head up Tory communications unit for next six months

Keen to make sure their political messages are enshrined in all communications from the Council to residents, earlier this year, the Tory-run Council commissioned a review of the communications function.

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Lib Dems make no apologies for protest to be heard!

This week, following a biased political press statement issued by the Council, a resolute Councillor Liz Green, Leader of the Liberal Democrats said:

“I refuse to say anything detrimental about the Mayor who issued the press release other than he must have been badly advised. He will know there’s an unwritten rule in a council that the civic mayor should remain politically neutral.”

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Lib Dems protest in silence following Council gagging order

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Political disagreements deepened this week at the Council between the ruling Conservative Leader and the Liberal Democrat Group.

Lib Dems were left reeling last week after a motion, that would have triggered a debate at Council regarding the Leader of the Council’s perceived conflict of interest, was withdrawn for legal reasons.

Dressed in white t shirts that read "SILENCED - I’ve upset the people in power" and only after the Mayor’s community formalities had taken place, Lib Dem Councillors refused to take part in the second part of the Council meeting and protested by remaining silent for the rest of the meeting.

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Tom Davies, Lib Dem candidate in Tolworth & Hook Rise ward, writes

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I am sure like me, you value our local community in Tolworth, Hook, Chessington and Surbiton. We live in a fantastic location within the Royal Borough of Kingston. I am proud to be a part of this community and want to ensure that the local people who make up this community, have their say in how it is shaped.

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