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Redbridge Conservatives to appoint new leader after Labour's massive local election victory

PUBLISHED: 15:35 05 May 2018 | UPDATED: 18:03 05 May 2018

Paul Canal

Paul Canal

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Redbridge's Conservative group are set to appoint a new leader after losing half of their seats to Labour in May 3's 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.

Despite holding on to his Bridge ward seat, cllr Canal today (May 5) announced that he will continue as leader of the Conservative group until a successor is appointed later this month.

Speaking to the Recorder, he said: “I will serve as the group leader until our meeting in mid-May when the group will appoint my successor.

“I wish him or her every success in holding to account the Labour administration and advancing and protecting the interests of the residents of Redbridge.”

Redbridge local elections 2018. Photo: Aaron WalawalkarRedbridge local elections 2018. Photo: Aaron Walawalkar

Cllr Canal was first elected to the council in 2010.

He took over as Tory leader from former Barkingside Councillor Keith Prince in May 2014, who resigned shortly after Labour gained a majority for the first time in the council’s 55-year history.

In this year’s election, cllr Canal’s Bridge ward seat proved to be one of the closest races of the night with multiple recounts taking place.

Former Labour cllr Lloyd Duddridge came 13 votes shy of gaining a third place seat, winning 1,593 votes to Cllr Robin Turbefield’s 1,605.

Cllr Canal came top with 1,793 votes.

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