Press Release: Call for candidates to step forward to clean up Kingston in 2018 elections

Wednesday 21st January 2018: the Kingston Independent Residents Group (KIRG) has moved forward its campaign for better local government by asking residents from across the borough of Kingston to step forward and join its team of candidates for its 2018 council election bid. The May 2018 borough elections will see new councillors elected from every ward across Kingston.

Mary Clark, group leader of KIRG, said:

“The current Tory controlled council have failed the residents of Kingston. For 4 years they’ve incompetently forced national party policies on our borough. These have traded our long-term legacy and quality of life for short-term self-serving politics. Residents from across the borough have told us they want proper planning, far higher standards and effective accountability from council leaders. It’s time for a wholesale change. We desperately need a Council that will work competently and responsibly for the residents of Kingston.”

Patrick Wylde said:

“The national political party whip has been running roughshod over the wishes of residents for too long – and every community in Kingston is affected. The only way that locals can decide for themselves is to elect independent councillors in 2018. We’re working with other residents’ groups and calling on residents from across the borough to join our growing team of residents’ independent candidates for Kingston 2018. We encourage those who love where they live to step forward and join us.”

To find out more about becoming a KIRG candidate, volunteer or supporter please contact us on or call 020 8050 5096.