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Press release - Change of Conservative Leadership in Surrey Heath - 23 Jan 2020

January 23, 2020 9:03 PM
By Julie Hoad

Press Release

Change of Conservative Leadership in Surrey Heath

The Conservatives in Surrey Heath today issued a press release stating that the "Conservative Group held a unanimous Vote of No Confidence in the leadership of Cllr Richard Brooks, for Failing To Uphold The Highest Levels Of Integrity Consistent With Being A Conservative Councillor". In addition, that Councillor Charlotte Morley had also resigned as Deputy Leader of the council. Councillor Alan McClafferty has been elected by the Conservative group as their new leader. It is not clear whether Councillor Brooks will remain within the Conservative group, particularly as there are questions over his integrity within the group.

Whatever the outcome of the Conservative reshuffle and who is eventually chosen as deputy leader of their group, Surrey Heath Liberal Democrats welcome the appointment of Councillor McClafferty as the new Conservative leader.

Liberal Democrats were elected to serve the residents of Surrey Heath and to work as Councillors for the good of the Borough as a whole. We look forward to a positive relationship with the new leadership, working together to achieve a better deal for residents and a more open form of local government than had previously been possible under the old regime.

We call upon Cllr Brooks & Cllr Morley to resign as councillors and to offer themselves back to the community, via a by-election, to decide whether they still have the support of their residents.


Contact - Sashi Mylvaganam

Lib Dem Group Leader, Surrey Heath Borough Council