At this year’s Liberal Democrat party conference, Kingston Council’s administration Group gave a keynote presentation on the subject of 27 years of elected Liberal Democrats in the Royal Borough.
We were invited by the Liberal Democrat Federal Conference Committee to showcase to party members from across the country, as well as viewers of the BBC Parliament Channel, the achievements of a generation of Liberal Democrat councillors in Kingston.
Despite significant financial restraints and consistent Tory opposition to innovation and change, we have made so many accomplishments in the local area for which our councillors are immensely proud: from our first-class schools to our renowned centres for dementia care; from the Hook Centre to the Rose Theatre; we have achieved increased participation in local democracy, as well as falling crime, rising recycling rates and cleaner streets.
These were the key issues which we spoke about at our national party conference. They are the achievements for which are most proud of as a Liberal Democrat-run administration, and what we aim to build upon in future generations of local leadership.
The conference presentation took place on Sunday morning of the national conference in Bournemouth. Chair of South of the Borough Neighbourhood Committee Mary Reid, and former Council Leader Roger Hayes spoke as well as the current Leader and Deputy Leaders of the council.