Kingston Tories refuse to support publication of Kingston Hospital threat

don_jordan.jpgAt last night’s meeting of the Health Overview Panel, Conservative councillors refused to back a motion calling for the full publication of the document detailing the ‘options for change’ in the South West London Healthcare review -- which would make public the threat posed to critical services at Kingston Hospital.

The Liberal Democrat motion, which was modified to incorporate views and sensitivities of Conservatives on the panel, was an attempt to obtain all-party backing of the campaign to save services at Kingston Hospital.

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Lib Dems demand transparency from opposition

Kingston Lib Dems have demanded that local Conservative councillors reveal the details of their opposition amendment to the budget to allow for proper transparency and scrutiny.

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Crossrail funding scheme slammed by cross-party GLA

bob_steed-simon_james-kingston_lib_dems-liberal_democrats-crossrail_funding-postbox-letter.jpgKingston’s Executive Members for Planning and Transport have welcomed a cross-party report criticising the funding of the Crossrail project.

In ‘Light at the end of the tunnel: the construction of Crossrail’ the London Assembly Transport Committee raises its concern that the capital has been “burdened unfairly” with over half of the cost of the £16 billion rail link, when it is estimated to generate £22 billion for central government over the next ten years.

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Patricia Bamford warns of Tory threat to schools investment in Kingston


Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate Helen Whately wrote into your newspaper last week, praising a visit to the borough from Tory Shadow Education Secretary Michael Gove.

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Cross-party protest against Boris’ Countdown scandal

Commenting on the news that Cllr David Cunningham, Conservative councillor has launched a petition called ‘Save COUNTDOWN sites’ - Kingston’s Executive Member for Transport, Bob Steed said:

“Councillors of all parties are appalled by the proposals of Boris Johnson’s Transport for London to remove Countdown facilities from bus stops in Kingston.”

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Rose Theatre claims rebuked

We seek to clarify the claim made in the Surrey Comet last week that, in 2009 “The bailout of the Rose Theatre added an extra £55 a year on the average band D property’s bill.”


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Keep our Countdown!

bob_steed-kingston_lib_dems-liberal_democrats-transport-bueses-tfl-countdown-protest-cuts-kingston-route_85_bus-85.jpgKingston's Lead Member for Transport has revealed that the Conservative Mayor of London is planning on removing 32 'countdown' facilities from the borough’s most remote bus stops.

Cllr Bob Steed said: "The TfL countdown service is extremely useful for bus passengers planning their journey, especially in remote locations where there are low frequency services. If you need to travel after dark, real time information on when your bus service will arrive can make all the difference for deciding whether to wait or use on an alternative method of travel.

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Kingston slams Conservative Mayor’s Crossrail Concession “insult”

The leadership of Kingston Council have reacted with disappointment to the news that Boris Johnson’s much hyped Crossrail levy ‘concession’ will affect just 62 businesses in the borough – and local school budgets will continue to taxed to pay for the North London railway line.

The Council’s Executive Member for Economic Development, Cllr Simon James explained: “The Conservative Mayor of London is proudly publicising the news of his grand generosity of spirit after deciding to tweak the conditions of the London-wide Crossrail tax.

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Four More Years of Progress

Liberal Democrat leaflet: reporting back



This week the residents of the entire borough will receive a leaflet reporting back on the ‘four more years of progress’ from the Liberal Democrat administration of Kingston Council.

Not one penny of tax payer’s money was spent on the A3 literature – it was written, paid and published by local Liberal Democrat councillors.

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Letter from Patricia Bamford on school placements

Patricia Bamford replies to Daniel Goodger claims.

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Save Kingston Hospital


Local Liberal Democrat MPs Susan Kramer and Edward Davey have vowed to fight plans to close A&E and Maternity services at Kingston Hospital.

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Queen’s speech pledge made at expense of ‘tight local government budgets’

At last week’s meeting of the Council, Cllr Rolson Davies Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Services explained the likely impact of the Government’s Queens Speech proposals for ‘personal care at home’ bill on local authorities such as Kingston.

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No extension of Clayhill Halls of Residence

Kingston Lib Dems launch a petition against the expansion of Kingston University's Clayhill Halls of Residence.

Petition Closed - Thanks for your support

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No to car parking charges in Richmond Park and Bushy Park


Picture shows Cllrs Bob Steed and David Ryder-Mills with Susan Kramer MP

Kingston Lib Dems launch a petition opposing the introduction of car parking charges in Richmond Park and Bushy Park.

Government Minister Margaret Hodge has written, defending her decision to approve the introduction of car parking charges in Richmond and Busy Park - on the grounds that visitors to these parks are rich enough to pay!

Petition Closed - Thanks for your support

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Full Council 19/01/10 “An embarrassing night for Kingston Tories”

Last night’s Full Council meeting (19/01/10) has been described as one of the “most embarrassing spectacles of local Conservative incompetence we have seen in a long time.”

Events included:

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