Councillor Howard Jones, the former Conservative Group leader on Kingston Council who represented St James ward, has died. He had been having treatment for cancer over the past year.
Howard lived in the borough for over forty years and saw four children educated at local schools with two of them happily married and still living in the ward that he represented. He was a former senior Scotland Yard detective, who also for a time was in charge of the CID at Kingston.
He was first elected to the Council in 2002 and became leader of the Conservative group in 2005. In the May election he topped the poll in his ward for the third time. He was a tireless campaigner for a better, brighter Borough.