Redbridge Conservative group leader Keith Prince has stepped down after defeat to Labour

Conservative Cllr Prince of the Barkingside ward has stepped down from his role as leader of the party.

Conservative Cllr Prince of the Barkingside ward has stepped down from his role as leader of the party.

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The leader of Redbridge Council's Conservative group has stepped down after Labour took control of the authority in Thursday's election.

Councillor Keith Prince had been council leader in coalition with the Liberal Democrats since May 2009.

Cllr Prince has announced he will continue his role as councillor in Barkingside ward.

He said: "I have never aspired to being leader of the opposition so I did not let my name go forward in the leadership ballot.

"Looking back at the last five years it has been a real privilege to serve the people of Redbridge as Leader of the Council. 

"We have delivered much over the period:  Council Tax frozen; over 6,000 new school places; weekly green waste collection all year round; not a single library closed in fact one opened; investment all over the borough and  one of my proudest achievements, siting the East London rape crisis centre in Redbridge when other boroughs refused to take it on.

"I leave office with a borough in  a very strong position financially, a party having, survived a relentless onslaught from Labour and stopped UKIP in its tracks."

 

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8:54am Tue 27 May 14

MorrisHickey says...

Sic transit Gloria mundi.
Sic transit Gloria mundi. MorrisHickey
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11:17am Tue 27 May 14

D M says...

Many thanks,Keith Prince,Michelle Dunn and all previous Conservative Cabinet members,for keeping ,Redbridge Council safe.

New Labour has a very hard act to follow.

We are among the best,for Social Services and Education.

People are already realising,that voting,for UKIP and in the Aldborough ward,the Independent,Andy Walker,helped return a Labour Council. Andy,got over,1000 votes.

Four years will pass quickly,and I predict a Conservative Council,in 2018.


Thankfully,we have NO UKIP COUNCILLORS.
Many thanks,Keith Prince,Michelle Dunn and all previous Conservative Cabinet members,for keeping ,Redbridge Council safe. New Labour has a very hard act to follow. We are among the best,for Social Services and Education. People are already realising,that voting,for UKIP and in the Aldborough ward,the Independent,Andy Walker,helped return a Labour Council. Andy,got over,1000 votes. Four years will pass quickly,and I predict a Conservative Council,in 2018. Thankfully,we have NO UKIP COUNCILLORS. D M
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11:31am Tue 27 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

He will miss being ferried around in that expensive Jag.
He will miss being ferried around in that expensive Jag. Villagecranberry
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1:22pm Tue 27 May 14

mdj says...

'We have delivered much over the period: Council Tax frozen...'

Both Labour and Tory councillors seeking our vote have been claiming our thanks for this, when it was the result of central government diktat. Almost everyone knows this.

If they're all willing to fib for petty approval in this blatant way, why should they expect us to trust them on those many matters when we are not qualified to judge the truth of their statements, or the worth of their actions?
'We have delivered much over the period: Council Tax frozen...' Both Labour and Tory councillors seeking our vote have been claiming our thanks for this, when it was the result of central government diktat. Almost everyone knows this. If they're all willing to fib for petty approval in this blatant way, why should they expect us to trust them on those many matters when we are not qualified to judge the truth of their statements, or the worth of their actions? mdj
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