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November 2022

A former post office worker gained a seat from the Liberal Democrats in a Kingston Council by-election yesterday. Yvonne Tracey, 67, of the Kingston Independent Residents Group, won with 46.3% of the vote and a 209 vote majority. Green Lane and St James ward in Kingston-upon-Thames now has two councillors from the KIRG. Tracey said: “I still can’t quite believe it. I feel very humbled that 855 people voted for me. “I hope that I can pay them back by working as hard as I can for New Malden.” She will be

A candidate not representing the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats or Labour holds a seat in the council for the first time ever in Kingston, as the Lib Dems increased their majority in the borough. James Giles, representative of the Kingston Independent Residents Group – Malden Matters, took the seat from Liberal Democrat Simon Edwards in the Green Lane and St James Ward. The news was announced after a recount in the borough revealed that Giles had won by just eight votes. Earlier in the day, Giles commented on

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