Redbridge Conservative leader steps down after shock defeat to Labour

09:35 27 May 2014

Cllr Keith Prince

Cllr Keith Prince


Keith Prince, the Redbridge Conservative leader, has stood down after his party conceded control to Labour in the local elections.

Last week’s local elections saw Labour, led by Jas Athwal, gain outright control for the first time in the borough’s 50-year history.

Although Cllr Prince held onto his Barkingside seat, he announced his decision to make way for a new leader over the weekend.

In a statement, he said: “I have never aspired to being leader of the opposition so I did not let my name go forward in the leadership ballot.”

He goes to list the Tories’ achievements since 2009, when he took over as leader.

He added: “Looking back at the last five years it has been a real privilege to serve the people of Redbridge as leader of the council.

“We have delivered much over the period: council tax frozen; over 6,000 new school places; weekly green waste collection all year round; not a single library closed in fact one opened; investment all over the borough and one of my proudest achievements, siting the east London rape crisis centre in Redbridge when other boroughs refused to take it on.

“I leave office with a borough in a very strong position financially, a party having, survived a relentless onslaught from Labour and stopped UKIP in its tracks.”

Latest Ilford Stories

Leyton Orient manager Alberto Cavasin urges his team on from the touchline (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Italian reveals chairman Francesco Becchetti made O’s players do double training sessions this week

Jordan Maguire-Drew of Dagenham& Redbridge and David Fitzpatrick of Macclesfield Town (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Boss says both Daggers and Silkmen were evenly matched

Sunderland's Didier Ibrahim Ndong (left) battles for the ball with West Ham United's Dimitri Payet (right) during the Premier League match at the London Stadium.

The Hammers left it late before Winston Reid thumped in the injury-time decider at the London Stadium

Leyton Orient forward Ollie Palmer shows his support for his cousin Frankie after the full time whistle (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Sky Bet League Two: Hartlepool United 1 Leyton Orient 3

Fejiri Okenabirhie of Dagenham & Redbridge scores against Macclesfield Town (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

National League: Dagenham & Redbridge 1 (Okenabirhie 18) Macclesfield Town 1 (Holroyd 90)

Old Loughts prepare for a short corner at Ipswich

Ipswich 1 Old Loughtonians 4

Redbridge joint manager Ricky Eaton (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Essex Senior League: Haringey & Waltham 0 Redbridge 2

Izar Abdgalil-Bores who has been nominated for a Young Citizen Award by his Mum for cooking and helping the next door neighbour in the garden

He may only be 11 and a long way from entering the world of employment, but for one youngster it is never too early to start mapping out a career plan.


Ilford North

Ilford South

Leyton and Wanstead

Leyton and Wanstead

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read


Show Job Lists


£3,000 goes a long way at Boots

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

Kit yourself out and go Apple mad!

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now