Demanding Better for Kingston.

The Kingston Independent Residents Group (KIRG) is the local political party formed by residents in Kingston upon Thames. We provide a strong, independent voice for people that live in the Royal Borough of Kingston. We love where we live and know it the best; so we believe that on local issues, locals should decide and not the national party whip. But that’s not what’s been happening in Kingston over the last 18 years.

Introduction from Group Leader, Helen Hinton

Westminster parties simply can’t be trusted with prioritising our local issues. Picking fights with our teachers, doctors, nurses and police directly impacts local families every day. The choice is quite clear. Do we want Westminster parties telling us what to do locally, or should we decide for ourselves? Kingston residents are fed up with their councillors working for Westminster and they now have a unique chance to elect their first residents’ councillors. In 2022 we’d like to see councillors across Kingston elected to Council, that only answer to one boss – residents.

Group Leader, Helen Hinton

The Kingston Independent Residents Group was formed by Kingston residents who wanted to take an active role in creating the future for where they live. We are promoting an independent voice in local government and championing local communities, away from Westminster policies and politics. We are looking for people to join the team and represent residents at Kingston Council. We believe in:

Fighting for 'Good Growth' across the borough, and against overdevelopment
Reversing police cuts to make residents feel safer in the community
Supporting the cross-party KingstonCAN campaign to clean up Kingston's dirty air
Fighting for more small business support to revive our struggling high streets
Fighting for more transparency at Kingston Council, and against fat-cat payoffs

If you agree with us, please get in touch and join us today. Call 020 8050 5096 or email

Helen Hinton

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Demanding Better for Kingston... All Year Round!

Our team are working hard for Kingston all year round - get in touch if you need help.

Richard Hebborn
New Malden

Your New Malden Independent Team can be contacted on or on 020 8050 5104. We hold monthly surgeries on the last Saturday of each month at The Place (next to Suttles) on New Malden High Street, 11am-1pm.

Bob Tyler
Kingston Town

Deepa Veneik and I are your Kingston Town Independent Team, and can be contacted on or on 020 8050 5096. We're fighting for residents across Grove all year round, and regularly hold 'street surgeries'. Please contact me for details on when we're next near you.

Kerry Giles

I'm fighting for a Better Norbiton for all residents. I can be contacted on or on 020 8050 5096. All surgeries are cancelled for the foreseeable future due to Covid-19 in Norbiton.

Michelle Akintoye BEM
Chessington South

Michelle runs a nursery in Malden Manor, and has lived in South of the Borough for over a decade. She is standing for KIRG in the May 2021 Chessington South by-election to Unlock Chessington's Potential. Michelle was awarded a BEM for her youth work by the Queen in 2012.

Helen Hinton
North Kingston and Coombe Hill

I'm Fighting for Kingston, and have lived in Coombe Hill with my family for over 20 years. You can contact me on, on Twitter @HillCoombe or on 020 8050 5096. Please don't hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance.

Marc Tracey
New Malden

I'm proud to be the newest member of the New Malden Independent Team, who can be contacted on or on 020 8050 5104. We hold monthly surgeries on the last Saturday of each month at The Place (next to Suttles) on New Malden High Street, 11am-1pm.

Help us create a Better Kingston

We're fighting to make Kingston better, but need the help and support of residents to do this.

Become a Volunteer

Be it displaying a poster at election time, delivering a few leaflets in your road, or even standing for election - if you can help, we want to hear from you!

Who represents the Kingston Independent Residents Group at Kingston Council?

Mary Clark and David Fraser represented us until 2018. In 2022, we want to hold the balance of power at Kingston Council. Why? Because we see national party politics as a real problem in local government. In Kingston, national agendas are being ridden roughshod over local needs. We need our schools, roads and healthcare sorting out and it’s not being done. We have to ask ourselves, do they work for us or their Westminster bosses?

What does a Kingston Councillor do?

Councillors should first and foremost, represent their constituents. They deal with residents’ queries and requests in the areas that Kingston Council have control over. Councillors make decisions about the services that are provided by the council, taking part in council meetings where they are called upon to vote, and in committees that deal with specific projects, issues and services.

How can I stand for Council?

We’ve put together the following notes so that you can think about putting your name forward for selection under the Kingston Independent Residents Group banner:

  • Kingston is crying out for representation with residents’ interests first and foremost rather than national party policies that might not fit our community;
  • There is a rising tide of residents’ opinion and also dissent amongst the ranks of the controlling party (including sacking their leader at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic) – residents are crying out for a stronger voice;
  • An allowance of over £8,000 per annum is payable;
  • You should be available for evening meetings – a good deal of work is undertaken via email;
  • Candidates will have the very strong support of a team of likeminded individuals and serving councillors.
  • If you are interested or want to find out more, please do get in touch by emailing
Are Councillors paid?

Kingston Councillors are paid a basic allowance of over £8,000 to enable them to undertake their duties, which are:

  1. Being available and accessible to all of the constituents in their ward;
  2. Preparing for and attending formal and informal meetings that they are invited to;
  3. Representing the interests of the whole council area.

Some councillors have additional responsibilities and they are entitled to a special responsibility allowance to reflect the additional role.

Our Officers

(the legal bit) | The Kingston Independent Residents Group is a UK registered political party with the Electoral Commission. Published and promoted by James Giles on behalf of the Kingston Independent Residents Group, all of 53 South Park Grove, New Malden, KT3 5DA.

Helen Hinton
Michelle Akintoye BEM
Deepa Veneik
Yvonne Tracey

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