Latest London news, sport & entertainment

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 11°C

Five-day forecast

Cllr Alex Wilson has allegedly been “forced to resign” from Redbridge Council’s cabinet in a surprise reshuffle ahead of next year’s local election.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

The claims come amid rumours of a leadership challenge within the Conservative Group aiming to topple current leader Cllr Keith Prince.

In an email to fellow councillors, the former cabinet member for planning and public protection said Cllr Prince asked him to resign on Thursday.

He had been in the post for a year, which included the unexpected U-turn on the Core Strategy Review in the wake of public opposition to proposed development on Oakfield Playing Fields.

In his letter of resignation, Cllr Wilson wrote that Cllr Prince and Cllr Michelle Dunn “made it clear [his] position was no longer tenable”.

It continued: “The logical conclusion of our discussion seems to be the exclusion from cabinet of anyone with anything like a responsible professional job based further than five minutes from the Town Hall.

“I wonder if that is a healthy position for either the council or the borough.

“Since being elected in 2009 and subsequently being appointed to cabinet last year, I have only ever wanted to do the best job I can for the borough and for our party.

“If I did not meet your expectations, I regret it.”

Cllr Wilson reduced his working hours to four days a week after being appointed to the cabinet.

Cllr Prince would not confirm what role he had in the resignation.

He said: “At different times of the year, we look at people and what jobs they are doing.”

Cllr Thomas Chan also resigned from his post as cabinet member for regeneration, business and communities and Cllr Ashok Kumar stepped down as the member for leisure after less than nine months.

He will be replaced by Cllr Joyce Ryan and Cllr Ruth Clark will take Cllr Wilson’s post in planning.

Cllr Robin Turbefield, who himself suddenly resigned from cabinet in March, is back in as member for regeneration, business and communities.

There will be a leadership election within the Conservative party following the results of the local elections in May, where Cllr Prince could be voted out.

But the leadership challenge could also start before with a vote of no confidence.

The identity of the challenger has not been confirmed but Cllr Prince said he did not feel threatened.

He added: “That’s something that happens in every party all the time.”

Cllr Chan and five other Conservative councillors including deputy mayor Cllr Tania Solomon will not be standing at the next election.

Share this article


   Local advertisers

More news articles

Click here to read the Digital Edition of the Ilford Recorder on screen
Use our Wedding site to help you plan your big day!
At WeddingSite we know how much you have to organise for your wedding day, that's why we have designed a set of FREE, simple-to-use tools to make the planning process easy & hassle-free. FIND OUT MORE
Find a date using our online dating and friend finder
You can meet new friends, find romance or simply meet up online with people sharing similar interests and hobbies. FIND OUT MORE
Find a local business using our online directory search
Need a plumber? Or a florist? Or anything else? Search our business directory to find Ilford businesses in just a few seconds. FIND OUT MORE
Family notices from the Ilford Recorder, with readers' tributes
In memoriam, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, best wishes & special days. FIND OUT MORE

Celebrity / Showbiz See all

The pop-up will mark Record Store Day, which is on Saturday (Picture: Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

World’s smallest disco to open in Stoke Newington

Two musicians behind the ‘90s hit Brimful of Asha are launching the world’s smallest disco in Stoke Newington this weekend.

Read full story »