Search

Camden Council Conservative leader Claire-Louise Leyland says farewell to council after standing down

PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:27 01 February 2018

Claire-Louise Leyland addresses the Council meeting on January 29

Claire-Louise Leyland addresses the Council meeting on January 29

Archant

All political leaderships eventually come to an end, and for the final time, on Monday night, Claire-Louise Leyland led her Conservative group on Camden Council.

Councillor Leyland, who has been leader of the group since 2013, announced on Friday that she would be standing down ahead of May’s elections.

She will also not be contesting her Belsize ward seat at the elections, which she has held since 2010.

As she sat opposite with her cabinet, Camden Council leader Cllr Georgia Gould paid tribute to her opponent, and said despite their differences, they had worked closely together over the Chalcots evacuation following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

“I would like to thanks Claire-Louise for her long service to Camden. We do have very different politics but you care a lot and that was clear during the Chalcots. That could have been used as a political point, but you got your high-vis jacket on and worked through the night,” she said.

In her last response as Conservative leader, Cllr Leyland paid tribute to her Tory colleagues. “Don’t forget that the work you have done will make Camden better than it would have been. I remember Theo Blackwell’s alternative budgets that he pinched ideas from us year after year.”

She also acknowledged growing confidence in the Labour ranks that they may be able to wipe the opposition out of the council. According to figures in Hampstead and Kilburn Conservative Party, if the votes from the 2017 General Election are repeated, the Conservative group could be left with a rump on the council.

“We do have elections coming up, and I know that they want to follow the lead of Islington. I really hope that [Labour] don’t. It is far better because we have been here,” she said.

In her letter to councillors on Friday January 27, Claire-Louise Leyland said that time spent with family over Christmas helped her make the decision.

Frognal and Fitzjohns councillor Gio Spinella has been nominated to take over from Cllr Leyland after the next Conservative branch meeting on Monday February 5. There is no indication that he will be challenged for the leadership.

Cllr Leyland stood unsuccessfully for Parliament twice while she was leader; in West Tyrone in Northern Ireland in 2015, and closer to home in Hampstead and Kilburn in 2017.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

13:53

It’s unlikely anyone testing the water at Hampstead Heath’s many ponds expected their checks for bugs like E.coli would ever become part of a performance art project.

11:43

Paddington Academy students are celebrating achieving the best A-level results in the school’s 11-year history.

10:56

Hornsey Sixth Form College A-level results were ‘significantly above national average’, according to the headteacher of the Crouch End school.

10:28

The principal of Westminster Kingsway College has champions the achievements of students in their A-level results.

09:58

UCL Academy students who received their A-level results yesterday are ‘equipped to be global citizens’, according to the school’s co-principal.

09:38

A-level results day at Greig City Academy revealed an array of talent, with Oxbridge bound students in a variety of disciplines.

08:54

The senior coroner for inner north London has issued a prevention of future deaths report after a jury found safety and emergency procedures at Bannatyne Health Club in Maida Vale were “inadequate”.

Yesterday, 17:55

The headteacher of Channing School has championed the ability of her students to combat tougher exams on A-level results day.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now