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NEW LONDON TORY LEADER

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Angie Bray has been elected London Assembly Conservative leader. The position was vacant following the election of ...
Angie Bray has been elected London Assembly Conservative leader. The position was vacant following the election of Bob Neill as member of parliament for Bromley and Chislehurst.

Since entering the Assembly in 2000, as member for West Central, Ms Bray had led attacks against the congestion charge and fought for a better Olympic funding deal. She was re-elected in 2004 with an increased majority and prior to her election at today's group meeting she had served as deputy group leader.

The role of deputy leader will now be taken over by Richard Barnes, assembly member for Ealing and Hillingdon. Mr Barnes is also Conservative spokesman on crime and policing. Bob Blackman, member for Brent and Harrow, will remain as group whip.

Ms Bray said:

'I look forward to leading the opposition to Ken Livingstone on the London Assembly. The next mayoral and assembly elections are going to be a huge challenge and present us with our best opportunity yet to shift Mr Livingstone's dreadful regime. I believe Londoners desperately want and need a change at the top.'

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