New deputy leader for Redbridge Conservatives

The Redbridge Conservative group has replaced its deputy leader at an annual meeting.

Cllr Michelle Dunn, cabinet member for highways, was selected to replace Cllr John Fairley-Churchill, at the annual meeting of the Conservative group on Tuesday evening at the Council Chamber at Redbridge Town Hall, in High Road, Ilford.

Cllr Fairley-Churchill, who is cabinet member for adult social services and health and represents Bridge ward, has enjoyed the role for two years.

The leader of Redbridge Conservatives, Cllr Keith Prince, said: “Michelle is a marvellous lady and I am sure we will work very well together.

“We didn’t get rid of John, but things move on and it’s great that we have now got a person who brings youth and enthusiasm to the role.

“When I started I needed someone with experience and now I have someone who is young and enthusiastic. I am sure that John will continue to support me and will continue in his cabinet role.”

Cllr Dunn, who represents Wanstead, welcomed her new appointment.

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She said: “I am delighted to take over the new role and I am looking forward to working more closely with Keith Prince.

“John Fairley-Churchill was a wonderful deputy leader and I have the utmost respect for him.”