THE Conservatives can be a funny breed: a bubbling civil war which stretches back beyond the last few days and then it comes to their AGM this evening and they sort of shake hands and decide they have a new leader without a real vote, as ever doing their best to avoid a public scrap.
We know that some inside the party see the now ex-leader Gio Spinella as a scapegoat for the disappointing local election results; his supporters do not like the ‘caretaker leader’ narrative wrapped around his short spell in charge given he hardly had a chance to establish himself. But everybody also knew that he did not have the arithmetic in a council group reduced to just seven in order to defend himself against a run from restless leader-in-waiting Oliver Cooper.
So without any blood staining the carpet at least and as predicted here, in comes Cllr Cooper to go head-to-head with Labour council leader Georgia Gould.
He tells us tonight via Twitter: “Honoured to be unanimously elected as the Leader of Camden Conservative councillors. I’m proud to be a true son of Camden – having lived in six of its wards, from Hampstead to Holborn – and I’m relishing the chance to make our borough better by offering a strong alternative to Labour.”