Alexandra - 3 LD Berrylands - 3 LD Beverley - 2 Con, 1 LD Canbury - 3 LD Chess N - 3 LD Chess S - 3 LD Coombe Hill - 3 Con Coombe Vale - 3 Con Grove - 3 LD Norbs - 2 LD, 1 Lab Old Malden - 3 Con St James - 3 Con St Marks - 3 LD Surb Hill - 3 LD Tolworth - 3 LD Tudor - 3 Con
I think we might do better than that in Beverley. IIRC, the Lib Dem councillor for that ward (and possibly council leader?) had just had to resign for some rather unsavoury reasons at the time of the last election.
Leader of Kingston upon Thames not exactly covering himself in glory on Twitter.. I hope the residents of this borough give him the boot.
Judging by the Liberal Democrats' recent recovery in South West London, he will at least cease to be council leader after May. However, he is likely to retain his council seat in Old Malden ward; the disappearance of UKIP will counteract any Lib Dem recovery in that ward.
Alexandra - 3 x Liberal Democrat Berrylands - 3 x Liberal Democrat Beverley - 3 x Liberal Democrat Canbury - 3 x Liberal Democrat Chessington North - 3 x Liberal Democrat Chessington South - 3 x Liberal Democrat Coombe Hill - 3 x Conservative Coombe Vale - 2 x Liberal Democrat, 1 x Conservative Grove - 3 x Liberal Democrat Norbiton - 3 x Liberal Democrat Old Malden - 1 x Liberal Democrat, 2 x Conservative St James - 1 x Liberal Democrat, 2 x Conservative St Marks - 3 x Liberal Democrat Surbiton Hill - 3 x Liberal Democrat Tolworth - 3 x Liberal Democrat Tudor - 3 x Liberal Democrat
I'm pretty sure no LDs will be elected in Coombe Vale or Old Malden, especially the former. Alexandra, Tudor and St James also strike me as unlikely. I also think it's more likely than not that Labour will hold on to at least one seat in Norbiton, though that's likely to be very close. Looks very over-optimistic for the LDs, though I suspect they will take control.
Yes. Labour however will be concentrating very heavily on the ward themselves and it won't be easy for the LDs who if they have any sense whatsoever won't do the same. They have to gain Tory seats to take control - Norbiton doesn't help them as much.
22 May 2014 Con 28, Lib Dem 18, Lab 2 Now Con 27, Lib Dem 18, Lab 2, Kingston Independent Residents’ Group 1
16 October 2014 – Tudor – Con hold Maria Netley (Con) elected Caused by the resignation of stalwart, Frank Thompson (Con), due to ill health
18 December 2014 – St. James – Con hold Jack Cheetham (Con) elected Caused by the death of former leader, Howard Jones (Con), who had been having treatment for cancer over the past year
7 May 2015 – Grove – Lib Dem hold Rebekah Moll (Lib Dem) elected Caused by the resignation of Stephen Brister (Lib Dem), who had come under fire for low attendance at council meetings, which he attributed to his increasing workload away from politics
7 May 2015 – Tolworth and Hook Rise – Lib Dem hold Tom Davies (Lib Dem) elected Caused by the resignation of Vicki Harris (Lib Dem). She said, “The time has come for me to go. We can get some new, young blood in.”
16 July 2015 – Grove – Lib Dem hold Jonathan Tolley (Lib Dem) elected Caused by the death of Chrissie Hitchcock (Lib Dem)
On 13 October 2015, it was reported that Mary Clark (Old Malden) had quit the Conservative Party, claiming unfair treatment by council leader, Kevin Davis. She lodged a formal complaint with the Conservative Party headquarters, but the party found no evidence to support her claims. She now sits as Kingston Independent Residents’ Group.