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News - 8 April 2008
Cllr. Mary Mears

New Conservative leader

Councillor Mary Mears has been elected as leader of the Brighton & Hove Conservative Party following the resignation of Brian Oxley. She is now almost certain to be selected as leader of the Council on May 15th.

Cllr. Mears (Rottindean & Coastal ward) won the position against Cllr Geoffrey Theobald OBE (Patcham ward) by 14 votes to 12 prior to the council’s move to new working arrangements with a leader and cabinet style of governance on May 15th.

Upon her election, Cllr Mears said, “I want to continue to grow the economy, protect the environment, make better use of public money, improve enforcement of the law and reduce inequalities,”

She has placed a new Brighton Convention Centre at the top of her priority list citing its potential to generate £3bn for the local economy over the next two decades and support 1,300 jobs.

Cllrs Denise Cobb and Vanessa Brown were elected as deputy leaders.


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