Conservatives annnounce Kingston and Surbiton 2015 parliamentary candidate

Surrey Comet: Conservative candidate James Berry Conservative candidate James Berry

A Harvard law graduate has been named as the Conservative party's parliamentary candidate for Kingston at the 2015 general election.

James Berry will challenge Edward Davey for his Kingston and Surbiton seat next year, hoping to end the Liberal Democrat's 17-year tenure as constituency MP.

The 30-year-old's priorities include securing enough school places for children in the borough and promoting local businesses.

Mr Berry said: "I am honoured and delighted to have been chosen as the Conservative party’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Kingston and Surbiton from a strong field.

"Kingston and Surbiton is a fantastic area. I will be starting straight away, getting out and meeting people across the constituency to understand what matters to them.

"I am looking forward to working with local Conservatives, supporting our excellent candidates for the 2014 Kingston Council elections and taking the fight to the Liberal Democrats in 2015.”

Mr Berry was born in Canterbury in Kent but has lived in London for the past 12 years. he currently resides in Victoria.

He studied law at University College London and was awarded a scholarship to Harvard Law School in the US as a result. 

It was there he met his future wife, Nehali, on his first day of study.

The couple married in August this year.

As a barrister, Mr Berry specialises in police and healthcare issues, and is editor of the UK Police Law Blog.

High profile cases he has been involved in include last year's Leveson Inquiry into media ethics and the inquest of gunman Raoul Moat.

Jim White, deputy chairman of Kingston and Surbiton Conservative Association, said: "James is reasonably young, but he is incredibly intelligent, hard working and very engaging when you talk to him.

"He has a very human quality to him, and I find it very appealing when you get politicians who are seen to be human."

The Conservatives are the last main party to announce its prospective parliamentary candidate for next year's election.

The Labour party unveiled energy consultant Lee Godfrey as its election hopeful in November.

The Lib Dems reselected Mr Davey - who has held the seat since 1997 - without any fanfare in the summer.

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2:38pm Mon 16 Dec 13

captain_shamrock says...

I'm having difficulty finding out anything about this James Berry.

Or his connection to Kingston & Surbiton.

Or anything local that he's ever been actively involved in.

If anybody knows of anything notable he's ever done in or for Kingston ( shopping doesn't count ), then please post below.

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I'm having difficulty finding out anything about this James Berry. Or his connection to Kingston & Surbiton. Or anything local that he's ever been actively involved in. If anybody knows of anything notable he's ever done in or for Kingston ( shopping doesn't count ), then please post below. . captain_shamrock

4:32pm Mon 16 Dec 13

DB says...

I think that the Tories know that they have no realistic chance of winning Kingston & Surbiton, so they are just letting a young pretender build up a bit of campaign experience so he can hit somewhere else next time.
I think that the Tories know that they have no realistic chance of winning Kingston & Surbiton, so they are just letting a young pretender build up a bit of campaign experience so he can hit somewhere else next time. DB

5:36pm Mon 16 Dec 13

mrkjdavis says...

Not often I bother replying to the ludicrous lies and rantings of the Lib Dems but the posts above really are mad.

Firstly, just because a Councillor chooses to stand up for residents concerned about the impact on their home of a planning application on school expansion does not make them anti-schools or school expansion. There was a time when the Lib Dems told us they stood up for residents. As I have read it not a single Conservative Cllr has said the Lib Dems should not expand schools, it was the manner of the Lib Dem expansion that upset a lot of residents and parents. As we have seen, putting Lime Tree next to a health centre has not been the happiest of experiences but I understand Cllr Doe was not suggesting Lime Tree should not be built, just that it should be elsewhere.

Secondly, it is was not 2008 that there had been a shortage of school places it was May 1998 - at least that is what Ed Davey told the world in a press release issued just after he was elected to Parliament. He and his Council colleagues, having started a campaign for school places, then did absolutely nothing about it during any of the periods they ran the Council until 2008, some ten years. If the Lib Dems need a copy of that press release I am happy to send it on to them.

Finally, it was a Conservative administration that implemented the Labour Government's reduction of classes at KS1 to 30, the Lib Dems sat on the sidelines and objected to it, including objecting to a brand new school proposed to be built on land purchased for a new school in North Kingston. Now I could, like the Lib Dem poster above, spin the lie that the Lib Dems were against decreasing class sizes to 30 but I do not remotely believe that. What they were doing was preventing the new school because they felt little league football was more important than children's education. Standing up for residents on a planning issue for a new school is no different.

As for whether the new Conservative Parliamentary Candidate has done anything for Kingston well let me ask, as clearly the poster is in close contact with the Lib Dems, what exactly had Ed Davey done for Kingston when he was selected to fight this seat - born in Nottingham, Nottingham Grammar School educated, went to Oxford and read PPE, did an MA at Birkbeck etc etc. Not sure he had even shopped here. :)
Not often I bother replying to the ludicrous lies and rantings of the Lib Dems but the posts above really are mad. Firstly, just because a Councillor chooses to stand up for residents concerned about the impact on their home of a planning application on school expansion does not make them anti-schools or school expansion. There was a time when the Lib Dems told us they stood up for residents. As I have read it not a single Conservative Cllr has said the Lib Dems should not expand schools, it was the manner of the Lib Dem expansion that upset a lot of residents and parents. As we have seen, putting Lime Tree next to a health centre has not been the happiest of experiences but I understand Cllr Doe was not suggesting Lime Tree should not be built, just that it should be elsewhere. Secondly, it is was not 2008 that there had been a shortage of school places it was May 1998 - at least that is what Ed Davey told the world in a press release issued just after he was elected to Parliament. He and his Council colleagues, having started a campaign for school places, then did absolutely nothing about it during any of the periods they ran the Council until 2008, some ten years. If the Lib Dems need a copy of that press release I am happy to send it on to them. Finally, it was a Conservative administration that implemented the Labour Government's reduction of classes at KS1 to 30, the Lib Dems sat on the sidelines and objected to it, including objecting to a brand new school proposed to be built on land purchased for a new school in North Kingston. Now I could, like the Lib Dem poster above, spin the lie that the Lib Dems were against decreasing class sizes to 30 but I do not remotely believe that. What they were doing was preventing the new school because they felt little league football was more important than children's education. Standing up for residents on a planning issue for a new school is no different. As for whether the new Conservative Parliamentary Candidate has done anything for Kingston well let me ask, as clearly the poster is in close contact with the Lib Dems, what exactly had Ed Davey done for Kingston when he was selected to fight this seat - born in Nottingham, Nottingham Grammar School educated, went to Oxford and read PPE, did an MA at Birkbeck etc etc. Not sure he had even shopped here. :) mrkjdavis

5:47am Tue 17 Dec 13

Beverly RA says...

Once more Captain Sham has helped the Conservatives by his rant.
Over the past years he has made himself look stupid with his blinkered knowledge of local issues. The more he rants the more worried i would be if I was a Lib Dem,So keep ranting Captain.
Once more Captain Sham has helped the Conservatives by his rant. Over the past years he has made himself look stupid with his blinkered knowledge of local issues. The more he rants the more worried i would be if I was a Lib Dem,So keep ranting Captain. Beverly RA

6:24am Tue 17 Dec 13

Beverly RA says...

Oh by the way, Todays newspaper makes good reading the Lib Dems want to stop Pensioners having winter allowance and other benefits to the aged ,
Nick Clegg has signalled he is prepared to consider Tory calls to cut the £26,000 household benefit cap and limit child-related benefits for the jobless - but only if the axe is also taken to pensioners’ perks..
Really Captain Sham ? is it little wander that the Lib Dems are at their lowest poll in decades . Do you agree that Pensioners benefits should be Cut? Something that they have worked all their lives for, do you agree on an open door policy ? Do you believe in the British People having a referendum on Europe ?


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Oh by the way, Todays newspaper makes good reading the Lib Dems want to stop Pensioners having winter allowance and other benefits to the aged , Nick Clegg has signalled he is prepared to consider Tory calls to cut the £26,000 household benefit cap and limit child-related benefits for the jobless - but only if the axe is also taken to pensioners’ perks.. Really Captain Sham ? is it little wander that the Lib Dems are at their lowest poll in decades . Do you agree that Pensioners benefits should be Cut? Something that they have worked all their lives for, do you agree on an open door policy ? Do you believe in the British People having a referendum on Europe ? Read more: http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2524982/Nick-Clegg-s ignals-consider-Tory -plan-cut-26-000-ben efits-cap.html#ixzz2 ni5AxNC9 Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook Beverly RA

7:02am Tue 17 Dec 13

concernedofkingston says...

I think the candidate sounds like he may be a breath of fresh air although obviously we don't really know much about him yet. Certainly I agree that some of the comments seeking to undermine him are rather premature and sound a bit desparate. to say the least. I am however sure that, unlike a recent candidate for election to the council Mr Berry will want talk to the press and local electors to explain his policies and what he stands for so that we can properly judge whether he might be a better representative rather than leaving us to cast votes according to our various entrenched political views and prejudices.
I think the candidate sounds like he may be a breath of fresh air although obviously we don't really know much about him yet. Certainly I agree that some of the comments seeking to undermine him are rather premature and sound a bit desparate. to say the least. I am however sure that, unlike a recent candidate for election to the council Mr Berry will want talk to the press and local electors to explain his policies and what he stands for so that we can properly judge whether he might be a better representative rather than leaving us to cast votes according to our various entrenched political views and prejudices. concernedofkingston

9:49am Tue 17 Dec 13

Tony from Surbiton says...

Hello Barry.
Hello Barry. Tony from Surbiton

1:04pm Tue 17 Dec 13

kingstonpaul says...

Given the Lib Dems prediliction for dirty tricks in matters of local canvassing, Mr/Ms Shamrock's repeated carpet-bombing of this message board with his/her rabid rants just feels like another disreputable tactic. Can we assume that Mr/Ms Shamrock is a mere foot soldier for misguided Central Office 'strategy' to infiltrate local newspapers with their agendas?
Given the Lib Dems prediliction for dirty tricks in matters of local canvassing, Mr/Ms Shamrock's repeated carpet-bombing of this message board with his/her rabid rants just feels like another disreputable tactic. Can we assume that Mr/Ms Shamrock is a mere foot soldier for misguided Central Office 'strategy' to infiltrate local newspapers with their agendas? kingstonpaul

1:56pm Tue 17 Dec 13

captain_shamrock says...

Hi mrkjdavis,

You described my first post as ludicrous lies and rantings. Can you specifically point to any lies in what I've written? I'm genuinely curious, i can't see any.

If I can provide a list of planning applications for primary school expansions since 2008 that the Conservatives refused to support, will you then agree that I'm right, or just continue to post abuse? I've already mentioned Lime Tree & Christ Church Surbiton. To that I think we can add Christ Church New Malden, and from recent reading, I know there are quite a few others.

In total, that equates to hundreds of new primary school places that the Conservatives have refused to support. In absence of any sensible, fully costed and deliverable alternatives.

As a parent (not a current Lib Dem member) I can say that the Lib Dems' record on school places is very strong. When it became clear that the school place shortage was not a blip, Ed Davey mustered all London MP's to raise the issue at national level.

Ed Davey secured an emergency parliamentary debate and managed to force a U-turn from the then Education Minister, Ed Balls. A mere 8 weeks before, a request for a ministerial determination from Surbiton parents had been rebuffed by Ed Balls, who told Surbiton parents to simply travel further for a place.

Ed Davey's intervention led to Ed Balls giving first £100Million, and then £200 Million to address the school pacle shortage problem nationally. Of that, roughly £8Million came to Kingston, adn allowed the Lime Tree primary to be built, and other schools to be extended. Ed Davey was also involved in negotions to create the new school at the hospital site.

I've always suspected that Tory opposition to the Lime Tree school was driven by the impressively successful role that Ed Davey played in getting it. An ex-Conservative (now ukip) neighbour tells me that was the source of Conservative opposition to it. That would explains why Tories opposed it even though it was clearly the only option that could deliver desperately needed school places quickly enough, and in the right location.


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Hi mrkjdavis, You described my first post as ludicrous lies and rantings. Can you specifically point to any lies in what I've written? I'm genuinely curious, i can't see any. If I can provide a list of planning applications for primary school expansions since 2008 that the Conservatives refused to support, will you then agree that I'm right, or just continue to post abuse? I've already mentioned Lime Tree & Christ Church Surbiton. To that I think we can add Christ Church New Malden, and from recent reading, I know there are quite a few others. In total, that equates to hundreds of new primary school places that the Conservatives have refused to support. In absence of any sensible, fully costed and deliverable alternatives. As a parent (not a current Lib Dem member) I can say that the Lib Dems' record on school places is very strong. When it became clear that the school place shortage was not a blip, Ed Davey mustered all London MP's to raise the issue at national level. Ed Davey secured an emergency parliamentary debate and managed to force a U-turn from the then Education Minister, Ed Balls. A mere 8 weeks before, a request for a ministerial determination from Surbiton parents had been rebuffed by Ed Balls, who told Surbiton parents to simply travel further for a place. Ed Davey's intervention led to Ed Balls giving first £100Million, and then £200 Million to address the school pacle shortage problem nationally. Of that, roughly £8Million came to Kingston, adn allowed the Lime Tree primary to be built, and other schools to be extended. Ed Davey was also involved in negotions to create the new school at the hospital site. I've always suspected that Tory opposition to the Lime Tree school was driven by the impressively successful role that Ed Davey played in getting it. An ex-Conservative (now ukip) neighbour tells me that was the source of Conservative opposition to it. That would explains why Tories opposed it even though it was clearly the only option that could deliver desperately needed school places quickly enough, and in the right location. . captain_shamrock

2:19pm Tue 17 Dec 13

captain_shamrock says...

captain_shamrock wrote:
I'm having difficulty finding out anything about this James Berry.

Or his connection to Kingston & Surbiton.

Or anything local that he's ever been actively involved in.

If anybody knows of anything notable he's ever done in or for Kingston ( shopping doesn't count ), then please post below.

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Come on everybody!

We're still not doing well in finding anything more about this James Barry chap.

Can I take it that he has no connection to Surbiton or Kingston?

OK, if we can't find any evidence that he's ever been actively involved in, well, anything in Kingston, what about casting the net further?

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[quote][p][bold]captain_shamrock[/bold] wrote: I'm having difficulty finding out anything about this James Berry. Or his connection to Kingston & Surbiton. Or anything local that he's ever been actively involved in. If anybody knows of anything notable he's ever done in or for Kingston ( shopping doesn't count ), then please post below. .[/p][/quote]Come on everybody! We're still not doing well in finding anything more about this James Barry chap. Can I take it that he has no connection to Surbiton or Kingston? OK, if we can't find any evidence that he's ever been actively involved in, well, anything in Kingston, what about casting the net further? . captain_shamrock

4:32pm Tue 17 Dec 13

DB says...

captain_shamrock wrote:
captain_shamrock wrote: I'm having difficulty finding out anything about this James Berry. Or his connection to Kingston & Surbiton. Or anything local that he's ever been actively involved in. If anybody knows of anything notable he's ever done in or for Kingston ( shopping doesn't count ), then please post below. .
Come on everybody! We're still not doing well in finding anything more about this James Barry chap. Can I take it that he has no connection to Surbiton or Kingston? OK, if we can't find any evidence that he's ever been actively involved in, well, anything in Kingston, what about casting the net further? .
Why would he have had anything to do with Kingston before? He is just a young hopeful that the Tories have put in here to gain some experience before going onto a seat they can actually win next time.

Isn't this what usually happens? I don't think Ed Davey is a born and bred Kingstonian for example. I seem to remember he moved into the area a few years before being elected, but these days the parties don't always even do that.
[quote][p][bold]captain_shamrock[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]captain_shamrock[/bold] wrote: I'm having difficulty finding out anything about this James Berry. Or his connection to Kingston & Surbiton. Or anything local that he's ever been actively involved in. If anybody knows of anything notable he's ever done in or for Kingston ( shopping doesn't count ), then please post below. .[/p][/quote]Come on everybody! We're still not doing well in finding anything more about this James Barry chap. Can I take it that he has no connection to Surbiton or Kingston? OK, if we can't find any evidence that he's ever been actively involved in, well, anything in Kingston, what about casting the net further? .[/p][/quote]Why would he have had anything to do with Kingston before? He is just a young hopeful that the Tories have put in here to gain some experience before going onto a seat they can actually win next time. Isn't this what usually happens? I don't think Ed Davey is a born and bred Kingstonian for example. I seem to remember he moved into the area a few years before being elected, but these days the parties don't always even do that. DB

5:13pm Tue 17 Dec 13

surboSam says...

captain_shamrock wrote:
captain_shamrock wrote:
I'm having difficulty finding out anything about this James Berry.

Or his connection to Kingston & Surbiton.

Or anything local that he's ever been actively involved in.

If anybody knows of anything notable he's ever done in or for Kingston ( shopping doesn't count ), then please post below.

.
Come on everybody!

We're still not doing well in finding anything more about this James Barry chap.

Can I take it that he has no connection to Surbiton or Kingston?

OK, if we can't find any evidence that he's ever been actively involved in, well, anything in Kingston, what about casting the net further?

.
Come on Cllr O'Mahony, play fair with the Tories! Least he hasn't just been put away for two years....too soon?
[quote][p][bold]captain_shamrock[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]captain_shamrock[/bold] wrote: I'm having difficulty finding out anything about this James Berry. Or his connection to Kingston & Surbiton. Or anything local that he's ever been actively involved in. If anybody knows of anything notable he's ever done in or for Kingston ( shopping doesn't count ), then please post below. .[/p][/quote]Come on everybody! We're still not doing well in finding anything more about this James Barry chap. Can I take it that he has no connection to Surbiton or Kingston? OK, if we can't find any evidence that he's ever been actively involved in, well, anything in Kingston, what about casting the net further? .[/p][/quote]Come on Cllr O'Mahony, play fair with the Tories! Least he hasn't just been put away for two years....too soon? surboSam

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