I have been elected as the Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group at Elmbridge by my fellow councillors. It’s a great honour and I am delighted.
We are the largest group on the Council with 22 members but we do not have a majority. The combined Residents’ Associations’ councillors and the Liberal Democrats have formed a coalition and have taken control of the Council. The Conservatives now form the opposition after 10 years in office.
Most people assume that Elmbridge is safely Conservative. It is not, and that is a good thing for local democracy as people have a genuine choice and their votes can make a difference. We must now provide a constructive and focussed opposition to the new administration. We will not oppose for opposition’s sake but we will robustly hold them to account if they are not acting in the best interests of our local residents.
The next elections to Elmbridge will be in May 2018 (when my own term will come to an end). Between now and then we will be recruiting a team of hardworking local people to be our candidates in our target seats. For far too long we have allowed our opponents to claim that we are “not local” and “beholden to the national party”. We are in fact all local residents who want the best for our community and band together under the Conservative flag to deliver that service. We have 2 years to get that message across and the work starts now.