Waltham Forest Conservative leader quietly leaves role

The leader of Waltham Forest Conservatives has quietly stepped down and won’t run in subsequent yr’s native election, in line with the group’s new leader.

Former group leader Cllr Alan Siggers couldn’t be reached for remark and the group has but to make a public announcement.

However, new leader Cllr Tim James confirmed the change of fingers, including that his predecessor had “felt it was time”.

He stated he understands Cllr Siggers is not going to run in subsequent yr’s native election, marking the tip of just about 20 years as councillor for Valley ward.

Cllr James stated: “Alan has finished an excellent job and labored very onerous for a really very long time. He’s going to be very a lot missed.

“Obviously he’s nonetheless with us (till the subsequent election) and has obtained an enormous quantity to contribute to the group.”

He stated there could be no “important adjustments” but beneath his management and that councillors would proceed to “resist among the developments proposed within the north of the borough”.

Cllr Emma Best, who’s working to characterize north east London in subsequent week’s London Assembly election on May 6, will grow to be deputy group leader.

A by-election to fill the third councillor role in Cllr James’ ward of Hatch Lane, changing Geoff Walker after his dying final March, may even happen on May 6.

The space’s greater than 8,000 eligible residents will likely be requested to decide on between Catherine Burns (Labour), Justin Halabi (Con), Robert Tatam (Green) and Henry Boyle (Lib Dem).

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