The result of this week’s by elections in Hampton North and Teddington means that for the first time ever in Richmond Council’s history there are NO Conservatives represented on the council.
It was a Lib Dem gain for Hampton North with Carey Bishop receiving 53.9% of the vote while the Conservative candidate won 21.01% of the vote.
In Teddington Lib Dem, Richard Baker received 64/27% of the vote while the Tory rival, Elizabeth Foster received only 21.01 of the vote.
The two by elections were called following the sad and sudden deaths of Conservative Cllr. Geoffrey Samuel for Hampton North and Lib Dem Cllr . Martin Elengorn for Teddington.
Ten years ago the Conservatives won 39 of the Richmond Council’s 54 seats. They now have none.
In a statement Munira Wilson, Liberal Democrat MP for Twickenham, said: “The incredible results in the Teddington and Hampton North by-elections reflect the warm welcome Liberal Democrats have received on the doorstep. They are a resounding vote of confidence in the local council, and have sent a strong message to this out-of-touch Conservative government that enough is enough.
“I’m thrilled that Richard Baker has resumed his old seat as a Teddington Cllr, and am likewise thrilled to welcome Carey Bishop as a Hampton North Cllr, bringing her incredible experience as a successful businessperson and former magistrate.”
Leader of Richmond Council, Cllr Gareth Roberts tweeted the following: “Huge congratulations to Councillor Carey Bishop and Councillor for their tremendous wins in Hampton North and Teddington yesterday and commiserations to those who didn’t win, particularly Elizabeth Foster and Nupur Majamdur who both fought energetic campaigns.”