Crawley Borough Council member Howard Bloom has been elected leader of the Conservative Party group at the council.
Cllr Bloom (Con, Southgate), cabinet member for customer and corporate services, was first elected to the council in 1984 representing Gossops Green. He was re-elected in 1988.
He was appointed as a senior civil servant at the Department of Health in 1991 and seconded to the Department of Social Security in 1995.
He took early retirement in 2004 and now works as a part-time GP in Gossops Green. He also works in Disability Medicine for the Department for Work and Pensions.
He was elected back on to the council in 2006. He is particularly interested in environment, health and planning issues.
As leader of the Conservative Group, he is likely to be elected leader of the council at the full council meeting on Thursday September 26, subject to a majority vote.