Camden Tories have a ‘conversation’ and get a new leader

INTERESTING news filtering out of Camden’s Conservative group tonight with the party changing leaders at its AGM. With boroughwide elections now just a year away, it was suggested by a few members that leader Andrew Mennear might be limited by personal work commitments. There was a ‘conversation’ and then emerged Claire-Louise Leyland to take over the reins, the first female leader of the group since Pam Chesters, who exited the role in 2000. Andrew will stick on as group deputy. The first target for Claire-Louise must surely be trying to get the party back to, at the very least, being the official opposition in Camden. Her leadership will surely be judged on whether the Tories are still sitting in the third party wing of the Town Hall chamber this time next year. The omen to watch out for… the last time a Tory leader went into the Camden-wide elections holding a seat in the Belsize ward, they themselves lost their seat.

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