Lib Dems announce Andrew Mackinlay as Chessington South By-Election Candidate


Kingston Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that their candidate for the upcoming Chessington South council by-election will be Andrew Mackinlay.

The Liberal Democrats officially announced Andrew as their candidate earlier at a launch event held via Zoom.

Andrew has lived in Malden Rushett for many years, and is campaigning to save the Chessington Police Front Desk on Arcade Parade. He also is passionate about defending the Green Belt from development and wants to continue the Lib Dems' proud local record in Chessington.

The by-election was called after former Lib Dem councillor for Chessington South & Malden Rushett, Patricia Bamford, stepped down in September last year. Residents will be able to cast their votes on the same day as the London Elections on Thursday, 6 May 2021.

Andrew Mackinlay said, "I'm delighted to have been selected as the candidate for the upcoming by-election in Chessington South & Malden Rushett. I've lived in Chessington for many years and all three of my children attended local schools. I want to continue the hard work of former Lib Dem councillor Patricia Bamford.

"I recently started a campaign to save the police office in Chessington so that crime and anti-social behaviour can be dealt with by police who understand our community, not police who are based in Kingston town centre."

Patricia Bamford, former Lib Dem councillor, said, "It's great that Andrew has been selected to stand for the Lib Dems. I'm proud of our record of delivery for the residents of Chessington South and Malden Rushett, and Andrew will be best placed to continue to stand up for local residents."

Ed Davey, MP for Kingston & Surbiton, said, "Andrew has been a successful campaigner for many years, and I'm excited that he will bring his expertise to represent the people of Chessington and Malden Rushett if elected."

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