James Giles elected in New Malden
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 the public opinion towards the Kingston Independent Residents Group.
He said: “People want change.
“New Malden is fed up with the mess the Liberal Democrats have made in our town for 16 of the last 20 years.”
Giles criticised Liberal Democrat Party Leader, Sir Ed Davey, saying he was: “spending more time in places like North Shropshire rather than Kingston where is elected MP”
He will hold his first advice surgery tomorrow, Saturday 7th May at the New Malden Farmers’ Market