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Councillor Margaret Thompson to remain as Mayor of Kingston, with new deputy announced

Councillor Margaret Thompson will serve a second year as Mayor of Kingston, with Councillor Sushila Abraham stepping into the role of Deputy Mayor.

Cllr Thompson will stay in the role until May 2021, while Councillor Munir Ravalia will step down from his Deputy Mayoral duties but will continue to serve as ward member for Coombe Vale.

Councillor Thompson said: 

“It is a difficult and uncertain time for all of us at the moment but I have been bowled over by the response, spirit and resilience of this wonderful borough in the face of COVID-19. 

“I am delighted to be serving our borough for a second year and thank Cllr Ravalia for all the hard work and dedication he has put in in the past 12 months in his role as Deputy Mayor. 

“It gives me great pleasure to have Cllr Abraham as Deputy Mayor for the next year - I am convinced she will serve the borough with energy and enthusiasm.” 

Cllr Abraham was first elected to the Council in 2013 and is a ward member for Berrylands. She has served as both chair and deputy chair of the Surbiton Neighbourhood Committee. Her husband Mathew will act as her escort. 

Councillor Abraham said:

“I am honoured to have been appointed as Deputy Mayor of Kingston and I will endeavour to serve our residents in the best possible way.

“Councillor Thompson has been a fantastic Mayor for the borough and I look forward to working alongside her in my new role.” 

You can read a bio of Kingston’s new Deputy Mayor here.

Further information about Councillor Thompson and the role of the Mayor can be found in the Your Mayor section.

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