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Surrey Tories pick new leader

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Surrey CC Tories have acted swiftly to endorse a new leader following Andrew Povey stepping down this week.

David Hodge – who just days ago was reportedly sacked as deputy leader by Cllr Povey – was endorsed by the Conservative group at a meeting today.

The shock turnaround follows Cllr Povey reportedly admitting his relationship with Cllr Hodge had become strained. and announcing plans to stand down as leader to concentrate on “developing his business interests”.

Cllr Hodge will be put forward at the next full council meeting on 11 October.

He said: “It is an honour to be elected as leader of the Conservative group and I look forward to continuing to serve the people of Surrey as county council leader subject to the decision of the full council.

“Between now and then I will be developing my plans for the future of Surrey and I will announce my new deputy leader and cabinet at the meeting should the meeting confirm me as leader.”

Cllr Povey said it had got to the point where he and Cllr Hodge “were seeing things differently”, according to the BBC.

“We have a different style, are very different people - that can be a strength, but I think it got to the point where it was going the other way,” he added.

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