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Borough leader set to succeed Hodge in Surrey

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Elmbridge BC leader Tim Oliver (Con) is set to replace David Hodge (Con) as leader of Surrey CC, having won the backing of the county’s Conservative group in a vote on Friday.

Cllr Oliver, who is also a county councillor, will now face a vote at full council on December 11, almost seven months after he was first elected as leader of Elmbridge in May.

Cllr Oliver will immediately step down as leader of Elmbridge once he takes on the county leadership and will not stand for re-election in borough elections next May.

In a statement, Cllr Oliver said he was “delighted” to have been elected leader of Surrey’s Conservative and paid tribute to Cllr Hodge’s “excellent work”.

“My focus now is on representing the group and working to serve the residents of Surrey to the best my abilities,” he added.

According to local reports, Cllr Oliver was selected ahead of deputy leader John Furey, audit committee chairman David Harmer and Guildford BC councillor Graham Ellwood.

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