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Statement from Surrey Heath Liberal Democrat Councillors

January 29, 2020 3:15 PM


The Liberal Democrat Councillors Group has been asked by a coalition of Labour/Independent/Former Conservative Councillors for their support to elect a Labour Councillor as leader of Surrey Heath Borough Council at tonight's Emergency Council meeting.

Whilst it may be possible to accomplish a non-Conservative Leader of the Council, the proposal is for a Labour Leader. We do not believe residents in Surrey Heath would want a Labour Council Leader - in the May 2019 Council elections the majority of residents voted for a Conservative or Liberal Democrat council; there was clearly very little appetite for a Labour one. Furthermore, it has been suggested that this arrangement would include working with Councillors Brooks and Morley who have recently left the Conservative party for reasons that remain unknown. Given these circumstances, we are unable to lend our support to this proposal.

Councillor Kristian Wrenn, speaking for the group, said, "Since being elected 9 months ago we have uncovered serious financial mismanagement by the Tory administration and have provided effective opposition."
He continued, "I believe Councillors Brooks and Morley should resign their seats to trigger a by-election. They are free to stand again should they wish, thus allowing the people of Town and Watchetts wards the chance to make the decision as to whether they want these people to continue to represent them."