The Conservative Group has just issued the following release:
Following on from the decision of Councillor Peter Thompson to resign as Leader of the Conservative Group, Councillor Mark Bowen has been chosen by the Group as its new Leader.
Councillor Mark Bowen said:
“Many people have had a shock at the local election results last week and I am really sorry that Peter Thompson is not able to continue to build on the many improvements that have been seen over the past few years. It was a privilege to serve him as his Deputy for the past six years. My priority now is to ensure that Conservatives provide strong opposition on the Council and work to safeguard the improvements that have been made. However, we will support anything sensible that comes forward from the new administration. My Deputy will be Councillor Adrian Lee who is the most formidable of debaters in the Chamber. I think he will do a great job.”
Councillor Peter Thompson said:
“I am, of course, profoundly sad that last week’s result means that we won’t be able to build upon all that we have achieved over the last four years. We had exciting plans to guide our borough through the challenging times that lie ahead but now that privilege falls onto others. Having spent over 10 years as either leader of the opposition or leader of the council I have decided to step back from frontline politics and I am delighted that the Conservative Group has chosen Mark to lead us forward. We have had a wonderful journey over the last four years and I am delighted that we pass over the Council in a vastly superior state than we inherited it!”
As always, I do not forget that I am a Councillor because the people of Feltham North have given me that privilege. My obligations as a ward Councillor always remain amongst my top priorities. The role of Leader of the Opposition is a crucial one and I will do all that I can to be constructive, objective and clear.