Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith reselected to fight Richmond Park and North Kingston seat

Zac Goldsmith won the seat from Liberal Democrat Susan Kramer at the May 2010 General Election

His closest opponent will be Liberal Democrat candidate Robin Meltzer

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Zac Goldsmith will fight to retain his seat in Richmond Park and North Kingston for the Conservatives in the 2015 General Election.

He was re-selected as the constituency’s parliamentary candidate by unanimous vote last night.

The MP, a former editor of the Ecologist Magazine, has been at the forefront of anti-Heathrow expansion lobbying and has put pressure on the Government to introduce a recall bill for unpopular or corrupt MPs.

He said: “I have lived at the heart of this constituency for virtually my entire life, and it has been an extraordinary privilege to be able to represent it in parliament, holding the Government to account on behalf of my home community.

“I am thrilled that my association has chosen to re-select me to stand at the next General Election, and I hope voters will also want me to continue standing up for them in parliament for another term.”

He defeated Liberal Democrat Susan Kramer by 4,094 votes in May 2010.

Leader of Richmond Council Lord True said: "Zac Goldsmith is an outstanding local MP.

"Bright, intelligent, committed and honest, he cares deeply about the community he serves.

"Independently-minded, he can be relied on absolutely to fight for the interests and welfare of all local people.

"I very much look forward to continuing to work with him to support all residents of Richmond."

Mr Goldsmith will face competition from Liberal Democrat Robin Meltzer, who was selected in February.

 

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1:04pm Wed 15 Jan 14

captain_shamrock says...

A waste of time selecting any Conservative for this seat now that his Conservative colleagues are backing the third runway at Heathrow, regardless of Zak's personal views.

The Lib Dems have become even more strident against Heathrow Runway 3 and the impact it will have in Richmond & North Kingston. They'll clean up.
A waste of time selecting any Conservative for this seat now that his Conservative colleagues are backing the third runway at Heathrow, regardless of Zak's personal views. The Lib Dems have become even more strident against Heathrow Runway 3 and the impact it will have in Richmond & North Kingston. They'll clean up. captain_shamrock
  • Score: 4

1:12pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Beverly RA says...

What great news, he has worked hard since being elected especially on Schools and crime issues . The lib Dems have proven themselves incompetent and untrustworthy , With one broken promises after another .
And know an attack on Pensions who have worked hard all thier lives . Shame on Glegg and Co, WHO CAN TRUST THEM?
What great news, he has worked hard since being elected especially on Schools and crime issues . The lib Dems have proven themselves incompetent and untrustworthy , With one broken promises after another . And know an attack on Pensions who have worked hard all thier lives . Shame on Glegg and Co, WHO CAN TRUST THEM? Beverly RA
  • Score: 2

4:24pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Mr Chipps says...

Here we go again local LibDems dark arts already at work the same tactics of smear and innuendo that did it for Susan Kramer. In Zac Goldsmith, even if you don't embrace all his policies, is a genuine local man (not a ring in from Chelsea) who stands by his pledges and his residents.
Here we go again local LibDems dark arts already at work the same tactics of smear and innuendo that did it for Susan Kramer. In Zac Goldsmith, even if you don't embrace all his policies, is a genuine local man (not a ring in from Chelsea) who stands by his pledges and his residents. Mr Chipps
  • Score: 1

4:40pm Wed 15 Jan 14

RMcGeddon says...

Mr Chipps wrote:
Here we go again local LibDems dark arts already at work the same tactics of smear and innuendo that did it for Susan Kramer. In Zac Goldsmith, even if you don't embrace all his policies, is a genuine local man (not a ring in from Chelsea) who stands by his pledges and his residents.
Quite right. Zac Goldsmith's opposition to Heathrow expansion is legendary whereas Vince Cable who claims to represent Twickenham constituents' best interests, sits at the Cabinet table and is too scared to speak out against proposals for a third runway.

Isn't Mr. Meltzer a failed re-tread from Chelsea ? Not exactly a local person then.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Chipps[/bold] wrote: Here we go again local LibDems dark arts already at work the same tactics of smear and innuendo that did it for Susan Kramer. In Zac Goldsmith, even if you don't embrace all his policies, is a genuine local man (not a ring in from Chelsea) who stands by his pledges and his residents.[/p][/quote]Quite right. Zac Goldsmith's opposition to Heathrow expansion is legendary whereas Vince Cable who claims to represent Twickenham constituents' best interests, sits at the Cabinet table and is too scared to speak out against proposals for a third runway. Isn't Mr. Meltzer a failed re-tread from Chelsea ? Not exactly a local person then. RMcGeddon
  • Score: 0

11:20pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Dog whistle says...

Good news for the constituency - a local member with balls and integrity - and someone who actually leads the fight against Heathrow expansion rather than the poor old Cable, or Meltzer - 'By Robin Meltzer, Liberal Democrat on Mar 29, 10 12:22 PM
Robin Meltzer is the local choice for Kensington. Robin lives in the constituency and has been campaigning on local issues for several years.' or 'Robin said: "Kensington deserves an MP who actually lives here and stands up residents who have been taken for granted for far too long." Well that didn't work and so Plan B...
Good news for the constituency - a local member with balls and integrity - and someone who actually leads the fight against Heathrow expansion rather than the poor old Cable, or Meltzer - 'By Robin Meltzer, Liberal Democrat on Mar 29, 10 12:22 PM Robin Meltzer is the local choice for Kensington. Robin lives in the constituency and has been campaigning on local issues for several years.' or 'Robin said: "Kensington deserves an MP who actually lives here and stands up residents who have been taken for granted for far too long." Well that didn't work and so Plan B... Dog whistle
  • Score: 1

12:16am Thu 16 Jan 14

Concerned_Resident says...

captain_shamrock wrote:
A waste of time selecting any Conservative for this seat now that his Conservative colleagues are backing the third runway at Heathrow, regardless of Zak's personal views.

The Lib Dems have become even more strident against Heathrow Runway 3 and the impact it will have in Richmond & North Kingston. They'll clean up.
I'd argue that a no vote from within what could potentially be the governing party is far more effective than one from a party soon to be consigned to the history books.

A fractured party in power will be the best chance of getting the third runway stopped as the leadership in both the Tory and Labour parties will inevitably try to build the damned thing.
[quote][p][bold]captain_shamrock[/bold] wrote: A waste of time selecting any Conservative for this seat now that his Conservative colleagues are backing the third runway at Heathrow, regardless of Zak's personal views. The Lib Dems have become even more strident against Heathrow Runway 3 and the impact it will have in Richmond & North Kingston. They'll clean up.[/p][/quote]I'd argue that a no vote from within what could potentially be the governing party is far more effective than one from a party soon to be consigned to the history books. A fractured party in power will be the best chance of getting the third runway stopped as the leadership in both the Tory and Labour parties will inevitably try to build the damned thing. Concerned_Resident
  • Score: -7

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