New Council Leader announced

Release Date: 30 June 2017

Following a meeting of the Conservative councillors last night, Richmond Council has been informed that it is the intention of the Conservative Group to recommend Cllr Paul Hodgins as the new Leader of the Council next week.

This follows last week’s announcement that Cllr Nicholas True, Leader of Richmond Council since 2010, will not be seeking re-election to the Council in 2018 and as a result, will be stepping down as Leader on Tuesday 4 July.

Cllr Paul Hodgins has been a councillor since 2006. He represents Barnes Ward. He first became a Cabinet Member for Schools in 2010, and his role was further expanded in 2014 as a strategic Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Schools.

He will be formally proposed as Leader at the full Council meeting on Tuesday 4 July.

Lord True, said:

"Paul Hodgins has been instrumental in implementing our vision for educational improvement including the introduction of sixth form choice for young people in borough and the creation of over 5,000 new school places. Thousands of young people and parents on this borough owe him a debt of gratitude for his work so far. I am certain he will be an outstanding Leader of this borough and it will be a privilege that my last act as Leader will be to propose his name as my successor". 

Cllr Paul Hodgins, added:

"Nicholas True has given great leadership and vision to this borough. He has been a great mentor and leader of the Conservative Group and I want to thank him for the dedication and leadership he has shown. We will now build on the successes that Nick has led. We will continue to deliver our vision. This includes strengthening our communities, caring for our most vulnerable, and delivering outstanding schools for all our young people.

“I especially look forward to working with the excellent Council staff, who I know over my last 11 years at the Council are dedicated to serving this borough and with whom I will be working closely". 

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Reference: P303/17

Updated: 30 June 2017