One of our councillors, Robert Kinghorn, from the Chiswick Riverside ward, sadly passed away last week. He had served as a councillor for over 20 years, working hard for his constituents.
I met him first in the early 90s when I first became a member of the Conservative Party and lived in Chiswick. He was unique and charming, well-informed and conscientious. Robert was an example of someone who was really committed to the Party and had a great knowledge of education and transport. He had previously stood as a parliamentary candidate for the Conservative Party in Blyth Valley in 1987 and Norwich North in 1997.
I saw him last at the Party Conference this month in Blackpool. He had told his doctor that he was going to have a "few quiet days by the seaside"! The doctor did not realise that Robert was going to be chairing several transport meetings and attending many other meetings whilst he was there.
He will be a loss to the Party and a loss to all who knew him. My thoughts go to Rosemary, his wife, and his family.
The funeral will take place at 11am on Wednesday, 31st October, at St Nicholas, Chiswick Parish Church.