Councillor Paul Spooner elected as leader of Guildford Borough Conservatives

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Councillor Paul Spooner put himself forward for the role after the resignation of Stephen Mansbridge in October

Paul Spooner at Remembrance Sunday in Ash with Michael Gove MP and Councillor Nigel Manning.

NATASHA SALMON

The new leader of the Conservative Group in Guildford Borough Council has been announced following the resignation of Stephen Mansbridge.

Councillor Paul Spooner, who represents Ash South and Tongham, said on Thursday morning he had been chosen to be the Conservative leader.

He will replace his former fellow Ash ward member, Mr Mansbridge, who resigned as a councillor and leader on Monday October 19, claiming he could not accept recent changes to the decision-making process.

Speaking on his Twitter account, Cllr Spooner said: “[I am] very pleased to have been elected by @GuildfordBC Conservative Group as [the] new group leader at last night’s selection meeting.”

Councillor Matt Furniss was elected as the deputy group leader.

Paul Spooner was re-elected alongside Stephen Mansbridge in May

At a meeting of the executive committee last Tuesday October 20 it was agreed that Cllr Spooner would take on the role of temporary deputy leader, with a new leader due to be appointed in December.

Last week Cllr Spooner put himself forward for the role of leader alongside Holy Trinity ward member Dennis Paul, who was elected in May.

The changes to leadership will be voted in at the next full council meeting which will be on Wednesday December 9, until then Cllr Manning will remain in his role as acting leade

 

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