Hounslow Conservatives elect new leader

Image above: Conservative councillors Allan Joseph, Peter Thompson and Jack Emsley (left to right)

Chiswick Riverside Councillor Peter Thompson has been elected as Leader of the Conservative Group on Hounslow Council. Formerly Leader of the Borough of Hounslow for four years, Cllr Thompson was elected at the Conservative Group AGM on Monday evening to replace Chiswick Homefields Cllr Gerald McGregor after two years in the role.

Cllr Thompson has pledged to continue his predecessor’s policy of “constructive opposition” to the new Labour administration. In addition to “pushing the council to adopt a cleaner, greener recovery”. Cllr Thompson says he will fight for a council which listens to residents on local issues such as transport, development and the cost of living.

Peter led Hounslow’s Conservative Group between 2014 and 2017. He was not a candidate in the 2018 local elections and waited until 2022 to stand for election again.

New leader “extremely honoured” by election

“I’m extremely honoured to be asked by my colleagues to lead the Conservative Group on Hounslow Council,” said Cllr Peter Thompson. “Post-election, and post-pandemic, residents want a new deal from their local council. I am determined to act as a strong voice both for the Conservative opposition, but also for residents across the borough who want more from this council.”

In his acceptance speech at yesterday evening’s Conservative AGM (Monday 30 May), Cllr Thompson paid tribute to Cllr McGregor’s hard work as leader of the opposition both during the pandemic and throughout the local election campaign. Cllr McGregor led the local Conservative Party to keep the same number of seats in Hounslow (losing one in Chiswick but gaining another elsewhere in the borough), bucking the national trend.

Cllr Thompson will lead the group at this evening’s Council meeting, the first formal meeting of the new council since the local elections on 5 May.

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