Kingston: Lib Dems set seal on council control with win in delayed ward election

Kingston: Lib Dems set seal on council control with win in delayed ward election

Kingston Liberal Democrats’ already commanding council majority has been topped up with three more seats as their candidates swept the board at the election for the newly-formed New Malden Village ward, which had been postponed from the main council poll on 5 May.

Mark Durrant, Dongsung Kim and Lesley Anne Heap took the top three positions, with a sole Green Party member finishing fourth, followed by two Independents and Labour and the Conservatives sharing the lower places.

The New Malden Village contest was delayed following the death during the campaign period of Independent candidate Mary Jean Clark.

The result means the Lib Dems have finished up with 44 council seats compared with just three for the Conservatives, who controlled the council as recently as 2018. One seat is held by an Independent Residents’ Group member.

Photo from Mark Durrant’s Twitter feed. More on this as we get it…

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