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New LGA Tory group lead revealed

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Hillingdon LBC’s deputy leader David Simmonds has beaten Kent CC leader Paul Carter by a narrow margin to become the Conservative group leader on the Local Government Association, LGC understands.

David Simmonds

David simmonds

David Simmonds

The margin was so close there had to be recount this morning after the initial count took place yesterday afternoon. LGC understands there were two votes in it.

Cllr Simmonds billed himself as the unifying candidate telling LGC previously that the sector would only get the best results on complex issues, such as funding for adult social care services, if the LGA speaks with one voice.

His rival, Cllr Carter, who is County Councils Network chair, had spoken of his desire to reform the LGA and bring an end to the “fudge” approach of always getting consensus from across the sector before responding to specific issues.

Meanwhile, Trafford MBC leader Sean Anstee is to be named deputy group leader after beating Sevenoaks DC leader Peter Fleming in a vote.

Cllr Simmonds and Cllr Anstee will be formally voted into their new roles at the Local Government Association conference which starts on Tuesday.

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