Jon Tolley, the Lib Dem candidate in the Grove ward by-election on 16th July, held on to the seat with a greatly increased majority. The by-election was caused by the sad death of Cllr Chrissie Hitchcock.
The result was:
Jon Tolley (Lib Dem) - 1577
CON - 688
LAB - 223
GRN - 88
UKIP – 58
Lib Dem Leader Councillor Liz Green with newly elected Councillor Jon Tolley taking a moment to remember Chrissie
A small plaque installed on the wall outside Guildhall is a lasting reminder to all of former Lib Dem Chrissie Hitchcock who served 25 years on the Council as a Councillor for Grove Ward. Chrissie sadly passed away after a short illness on May 25.
Last night’s stunning by election results saw Lib Dem Jon Tolley elected. With 1577 votes Jon Tolley has a massive majority of 889 votes over the Conservative candidate who had run a very negative campaign receiving only 688 votes.
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, commented:
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.
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Kevin Davis’ dual role as Leader of the Council and as Chief Operating Officer for a public affairs company was withdrawn for legal reasons.
Councillor Liz Green, Leader of the Liberal Democrats said:
"There is a huge difference between ex employees and former councillors lobbying in planning and what Councillor Kevin Davis is doing. He is a serving councillor; he is Leader of the Council and is also employed as a planning lobbyist.
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.
Councillor Liz Green said:
“The Post Office application has not been before a Planning Committee and it has not been formally rejected by the Conservative-run Council. If the Tories have demanded a redesign those meeting notes with the developer are not in the public forum either.”
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.”
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.
Westco Trading Limited, the only company asked to carry out the review, has now been awarded a six month contract to provide “consultancy support” with another review expected before the end of the budget year.
Councillor Liz Green, Leader of the Liberal Democrats said
“You couldn’t really make this sort of thing up! At Budget Council, the Tories cut the Communications budget by £160,000, then in April they spent £7,000 on a review but now instead of spending less they are going to throw a further £90,000 of residents’ money to employ consultants for the next six months.”