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New female boss in town as Redbridge Conservatives elect first woman group leader

PUBLISHED: 10:20 16 May 2018 | UPDATED: 10:20 16 May 2018

Cllr Linda Huggett at a Shuropody opening. Picture: Paul Bennett

Cllr Linda Huggett at a Shuropody opening. Picture: Paul Bennett

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There is a new female boss in the borough.

Redbridge conservatives have appointed their first female leader after losing half their seats to Labour in the 2018 local elections.

The Conservatives now hold 12 seats to The Labour Party’s 51, while The Liberal Democrat Party were wiped out of Redbridge’s 63-seat chamber altogether.

Redbridge Conservative councillors unanimously chose Councillor Linda Huggett to be their group leader at their annual general meeting on Monday, May 14.

She is the current Mayor of Redbridge, takes over from Councillor Paul Canal, who decided not to seek re-election after serving as group leader for four years.

Cllr Huggett, who has represented Monkhams ward for twenty years, will lead a team that is 42per cent female and follows the Conservative party’s efforts to get more people from all backgrounds involved in Redbridge Council.

Following her appointment, Linda Huggett said: “It is a great honour to be elected as Conservative Group Leader and I am grateful to my colleagues for electing me unanimously.

“I wish to thank Cllr Paul Canal for all his hard work and dedication these past four years.

“I also want to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone in Redbridge who voted Conservative on 3rd May.

“We have an exceptionally strong and dynamic team of councillors who will work constructively and tirelessly for residents.

“We look forward to strengthening the voice of local people in the council chamber and across Redbridge.”

Councillor Howard Berlin, best known locally for his work on the Oakfield Playing Fields campaign, became deputy leader of the Conservative group.

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