Cllr David Simmonds comments on his election as group leader

Having been involved with the LGA for many years in a variety of different roles, I am honoured to have been elected as the new Conservative Group Leader.


Having been involved with the LGA for many years in a variety of different roles, I am honoured to have been elected as the new Conservative Group Leader.

Conservative local government has a wealth of talent to draw on and I am looking forward to working with my colleagues on the Group Executive and our Board members to ensure that the voice of our councillors is clearly heard within the LGA.

In the limited space available here, I would list my key priorities for the coming year as being to build on the LGA’s recent success to ensure that the funding of adult social care is put on a sustainable long-term footing; to ensure that Brexit results in powers being repatriated, where applicable, to communities rather than to Whitehall; and to work with the Government to get more homes built and more people into home ownership.

In relation to these issues and many others, I am a passionate believer in the positive difference that we as councillors can make to the lives of our communities.

As we enter the holiday period I hope that First readers will have an opportunity to enjoy some rest time over the coming weeks ahead of the party conference season and the start of what will no doubt be another busy and eventful political year.