David Shakespeare, leader of the Local Government Association’s Conservative group, is understood to have ruled himself out of the race for the organisation’s chairmanship after being deposed as leader of Buckinghamshire CC.
Cllr Shakespeare announced his intention to resign after the council’s Conservative group voted on Tuesday night to formally propose Martin Tett, the current cabinet member for planning and environment, as the new leader.
Cllr Shakespeare and his deputy Bill Chapple remain in post until the council’s annual meeting next Thursday.
Cllr Tett said: “David has an outstanding record as leader of this council. His dedication and aptitude have visibly raised Buckinghamshire’s profile on the national political front. He has been steadfast in his commitment to residents, and leaves a fantastic legacy.”
LGA sources told LGC that Cllr Shakespeare had now confirmed he would not run for the chairmanship of the association - something that had been long-suspected after he came in for criticism in December when he suggested it may be “a good thing” if northerners replaced “Romanians in the cherry orchards”.
Cllr Shakespeare and the LGA Conservative group have both been contacted.