It was a great pleasure to see that Tony Arbour was returned to the GLA on Thursday with a swing of more than 9% to Conservative. London South West had been the Lib Dems’ great hope of a first past the post gain and they threw everything they knew into getting it. This included lying doggo in Kingston while hitting Richmond like a plague of locusts.
One of my council colleagues put it like this, and I can’t better his account:
Quote from the final Lib Dem election leaflet –
“Just a few votes will separate Stephen Knight from the unpopular Tory candidate”
That’s 26,928 – but then again Lib-Dems are always hopeless at arithmetic. Like £11m is only a small amount for Kingston taxpayers to fork out for their new theatre.
And as for unpopular? Well obviously not with 76,913 local electors!
Well done Tony (and Boris), and everyone who worked so hard to secure this victory, and rub the smug grins off so many Lib-Dem faces. Doesn’t it make all those deliveries and canvassing in the rain so worthwhile!
Indeed it does!