Posts Tagged ‘Hounslow Conservative Group’

10 years and going forward

May 12, 2012

I have been a Councillor for Feltham North since 2002.  My 10th anniversary has passed earlier this month.  I am incredibly privileged and proud – so much has happened to me both as a Councillor and personally in that time.  When I was first elected, I had not been married an entire year.  A 10th Wedding Anniversary and three children later, here I am.

Being Deputy Leader of the Council was also something I enjoyed.  It was very hard work and I was part of an administration that made a difference from massively improving the maintenance of parks, turning around the complaints procedure, raising the profile of planning enforcement and putting an end to the inevitability that Council Tax should increase every year in Hounslow.  As I have said many times, my biggest (and only major) regret is that I did not achieve a good outcome at the Feltham Arena site.

There are four main things in my life at the moment:

  1. My family
  2. Representing Feltham North on the Council
  3. My job/career
  4. Leading the Conservative Group on Hounslow Council

I have been considering my position on the last of the above over the past couple of months.  I am not prepared to compromise on the top three and the workplace is an ever more competitive place for us all.  I am pretty much on top of my casework and I am enjoying my children growing up.

The Conservative Group AGM is on Monday evening.  I decided for certain a number of weeks ago that I would not seek the nomination to continue in the post of Group Leader.  I announced this to the Group on 25 April.

Of course, there will be some who think that the role of Leader could have been done better.  I hope that this happens going forward.  None of us are indispensable and there is always room for improvement.

At the beginning of my tenure as Leader I said in the Chamber that when I agreed with the Labour administration, I would say so.  I have kept my word.  I have also stated that this Labour administration is not close to being as bad as the one I saw between 2002 & 2006 (it was the pits).  However, there are a number of areas where the Council is going backwards and their decision scrap a constitutional provision that Mayoralty should not only go to one Group was disgraceful (they supported the provision when in opposition).

I became Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group in 2004.  I became Leader of the Group in 2010.  I have certainly have had my turn.  It has been a great experience.  My replacement will have an important role over the next couple of years.  My political priority is always Feltham North.  I will also do what I can to advance the fortunes of the Conservative Party in this Borough.

New Leader of the Hounslow Conservative Group

May 12, 2010

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.