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Richmond upon Thames London Borough Council

Richmond upon Thames London Borough Council is the local authority for the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in Greater London, England. It is a London borough council, one of 32 in London, the United Kingdom capital. Richmond upon Thames is divided into 18 wards and elections for all Council seats in the borough are held every four years.[4] The most recent election was in 2018.

Richmond upon Thames London Borough Council
Coat of arms or logo
Mayor of Richmond Upon Thames
Cllr Nancy Baldwin[1]
since 14 May 2019
Leader of the Council
Cllr Gareth Roberts, Liberal Democrats[2]
Chief executive
Mark Maidment
Seats54 councillors[3]
Richmond Council composition
Political groups
Administration (39)
     Liberal Democrat (39)
Other parties (15)
     Conservative (11)
     Green Party (4)
Last election
3 May 2018
Meeting place
York House, Twickenham


A map showing the wards of Richmond upon Thames since 2002

In 1965, local government in London was reorganised under the London Government Act 1963. The Municipal Borough of Twickenham in Middlesex merged with the Municipal Borough of Richmond and the Municipal Borough of Barnes, both then in Surrey, to form the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, with new council offices at York House, Twickenham. The council was elected a year before the changes took effect on 1 April 1965.

The London Government Act envisaged that the councils of the new London boroughs would share power with the Greater London Council (GLC). The GLC took responsibility for "wide area" services such as fire, ambulance, flood prevention, and refuse disposal and the borough councils were given responsibility for "personal" services such as social care, libraries, cemeteries and refuse collection. This arrangement lasted until 1986 when the GLC was abolished and borough councils gained responsibility for most local governmental services including highways, waste disposal and almost all urban planning decisions.

When the Greater London Authority was created in 2000, it took some responsibility for highways and planning control from the London boroughs. However, Richmond upon Thames remains a most purposes authority that has more powers and functions than the Greater London Authority.[nb 1]

As an outer London borough council, Richmond upon Thames has been an education authority since 1965.

Political compositionEdit

The borough council was controlled by the Conservatives from its inception to 1983 when the Liberals and the SDP won control in a by-election. The Council was then led by David Williams until he stood down in favour of Serge Lourie in 2001. Between 2002 and 2006 the council was controlled by the Conservatives under Greater London Assembly member Tony Arbour. Between 2006 and 2010 the council reverted to the Liberal Democrats under the leadership of Serge Lourie. From 2010 to 2018 it was run by the Conservative Party, initially under Cllr Lord True and then (from 2017) led by Cllr Paul Hodgins. The Liberal Democrats, led by Cllr Gareth Roberts, won control of the council at the 2018 election.[5]

Notable current councillorsEdit

  • Bill Newton Dunn, councillor for South Richmond Ward and Member of the European Parliament.

Notable former councillorsEdit

  • Tony Arbour, councillor for Hampton Wick ward 1968–1986 and 1994–2018, and Leader of the Council 2002–2006
  • Rodney M. Bennett, councillor for South Richmond ward 2002–2010
  • David Blomfield, councillor for Kew ward 1971–1978 and 1979–1986.[6] As leader of the Liberal group he was Leader of the Opposition on the Council in 1978.[7]
  • Ian Dalziel, councillor for Barnes ward 1978–1979
  • Dee Doocey, councillor for Hampton ward[8] 1986–1994 and chair of the council's Housing Committee[9]
  • Sally Hamwee, councillor for Palewell ward 1978–1998[10]
  • Stephen Knight, councillor for Teddington ward 2006–2018 and Leader of the Opposition on the Council 2010–2015
  • Serge Lourie, councillor for Kew ward 1982–2010; Leader of the Council 2001–2002 and 2006–2010[11]
  • Tania Mathias, councillor for Hampton Wick ward 2010–2015
  • Geoff Pope, councillor for South Twickenham ward, mayor 1989–1990 and chair of the Council's Social Services Committee
  • Tim Razzall, councillor for Mortlake ward 1974–1998. During that time he served as chair of the Council's Policy and Resources Committee for 13 years and as deputy leader 1983–1996. He was succeeded in both roles by Serge Lourie.
  • Jenny Tonge, councillor for Kew ward 1981–1990 and chair of the Council's Social Services Committee
  • Nicholas True, councillor for East Sheen ward 1986–2017 and Leader of the Council 2010–2017[12]
  • Sir David Williams, councillor for Ham, Petersham and Richmond Riverside ward 1974–2014[13] and Leader of the Council 1983–2001[14]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ For more information see English local government system.


  1. ^ "Richmond swears in borough's first British-American mayor". Richmond and Twickenham Times. 15 May 2019. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Local Election – Thursday, 3 May 2018". 2018 Council Election results. London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Your Councillors". London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Richmond upon Thames Ward Boundaries". Google Maps. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  5. ^ Blunden, Mark (4 May 2019). "Local election 2018 results: Liberal Democrats seize Richmond upon Thames from the Conservatives". Evening Standard. London. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  6. ^ Grossman, Wendy (22 August 2016). "David Blomfield obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  7. ^ Tonge, Jenny (Autumn 2016). "Tribute to David Blomfield MBE" (PDF). The Kew Society Newsletter. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  8. ^ Fleming, Christine (10 January 2011). "Former Hampton councillor Dee Doocey welcomed into House of Lords". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Dee Doocey". Liberal Democrats (UK). Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Sally Hamwee". Liberal Democrats (UK). Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  11. ^ Wickham, Chris (14 May 2010). "Ex-Richmond Council leader Serge Lourie loses seat after 28 years". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Cllr Nicholas True, Leader of Richmond Council, has announced he will step down". Richmond and Twickenham Times. 23 June 2017. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  13. ^ Razzall, Tim (2014). Chance Encounters: Tales from a Varied Life. Biteback Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84954-820-5.
  14. ^ Welch, Ben (3 March 2017). "Borough's longest-serving council leader and 'towering figure' of local politics to be awarded freedom of Richmond". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 25 May 2019.

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