Sadly, Lesley Heap did not win the council seat in the by-election. The result in full was:
Conservative: 1033 votes
Lesley Heap, Liberal Democrat: 760 votes
Labour: 717 votes
UKIP: 223 votes
Green: 207 votes
Leader of the Council, Cllr Liz Green, said
Liberal Democrats in Government are investing to deliver more jobs and apprenticeships across Kingston borough in a range of industries.
Kingston College is providing a range of these - from green industries to hairdressing to working with British Airways.
Following the appointment of Cllr Liz Green as Leader of the Council, there have been some further changes in the positions of responsibility held by other Liberal Democrat councillors.
Councillor Liz Green: Leader of the Council
Overall strategic direction of the Council
Overall direction of One Kingston programme
Community leadership and community planning
Whilst white smoke has not been seen billowing from the chimney at Guildhall, nonetheless one of the most important elections for the Borough has just taken place.
The Liberal Democrat Administration has unanimously put their support behind their new woman Leader, Councillor Liz Green who has been the Deputy Leader since 2009.
Speaking from her new office, Councillor Liz Green said:
Lesley Heap is the Liberal Democrat candidate for the New Malden (Beverley ward) by-election, which will take place on Thursday 25th July.
Responding to the news that Councillor Derek Osbourne was arrested on Tuesday 11 June on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children, Councillor Liz Green, Acting Leader of Kingston Council said:
"Derek Osbourne has resigned from the Liberal Democrat Group. We are deeply shocked by these allegations but I am unable to comment further as we must now allow the Police the time and space they need to investigate the allegations thoroughly and without prejudice."
Update 13/06/2013: Derek Osbourne has now resigned as a councillor.
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Thanks to Mark Pack for the infographic.
The Liberal Democrats in Richmond and Kingston boroughs have chosen former BBC producer and Vice Chair of the London Liberal Democrats, Robin Meltzer, as the new Parliamentary Candidate for the constituency of Richmond Park, including parts of North Kingston and New Malden.