Statement from Redditch Borough Council Conservative Group following local election results and the Conservative Group Annual General Meeting

PRESS RELEASE

Redditch Borough Council Conservative Group
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Statement from Redditch Borough Council Conservative Group following local election results and the Conservative Group Annual General Meeting

As part of the standard procedure for Conservative groups on councils all over the country, Redditch Conservatives held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 8th May 2018 following the recent local elections held on Thursday 3rd May 2018, in which the Conservatives in Redditch secured an additional 4 seats, taking control of the council after 6 years.  This was one of the best performances on election night in the entire country as Redditch was the only council to go directly from Labour to the Conservatives.

At the subsequent Conservative Group AGM on Tuesday evening, it was decided by a unanimous vote of all members that Councillor Juliet Brunner will be proposed as the next Mayor of Redditch.

The meeting also resolved by a unanimous verdict that the role of Leader of the Conservative Group, and therefore the Leader of Redditch Borough Council, will be Councillor Matthew Dormer who is a local firefighter in the town and also operates as a local businessman. 

The new Deputy Leader of Redditch Conservatives will be Councillor David Bush, also a local businessman. 

Speaking on her decision to be put forward as the Mayor of Redditch, Councillor Juliet Brunner said: 

“Having led Redditch Conservatives to victory I am delighted to be nominated and take up the role of Mayor of our great town.”

She added:

”I am very humbled; it is an honour and a privilege to serve Redditch as its Mayor and I’m looking forward to meeting lots of residents and raising funds for charity.”

On accepting his appointment as the new Leader of Redditch Borough Council and the Conservative Group, Councillor Dormer added: 

“The people of Redditch bucked the national trend at these elections. We were the only council to go directly from Labour to Conservative in the whole country - that’s a clear signal that local people embraced our campaign to unlock Redditch and release the full potential of our great town, and the work for this starts immediately.”

“Under my leadership Redditch Conservatives will push forward with the regeneration of Redditch town centre, starting with our State of the Area Debates, which we will be asking officers to arrange as soon as possible.”

“I also want it to be clear that Redditch Conservatives hopes to work constructively with the Labour Party in the best interests of Redditch as part of a bold and optimistic approach. I hope they are willing to set aside some differences so we can move Redditch forwards together.”

“Together, as political groups and as residents we can all achieve so much for our town so let’s get to work.”

“Finally, I want to pay tribute to my predecessor Councillor Brunner who will be one of the best Mayors of Redditch we have seen.”

“As a Party here in Redditch we are highly energised and it’s great to have Councillor Brunner’s full support in taking over as Leader. We are one team working together for the best outcomes for Redditch.”