The new leader of Crawley’s Conservative group has promised to keep the Labour council on its toes and to speak out against any overspending.
Furnace Green Cllr Duncan Crow was elected last night (May 27), with Cllr Richard Burrett(Pound Hill North) named as his deputy.
Cllr Crow takes over the leadership from Cllr Howard Bloom (Pound Hill South & Worth) and will be leader of the opposition following last week’s loss of control of the council to Labour.
Regarding his aims for the Conservatives, Cllr Crow said: “Ultimately, in the medium term, the aim is to gain control of the council.
“In the short term, it’s to draw a line in the sand from anything that’s happened before and move forward.”
Cllr Crow is the council’s outgoing Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture and previously served as deputy leader of the council.
He added: “I am very much looking forward to this new challenge. We intend to be a constructive opposition and will work with the Labour Group for the benefit of the town.
“However, we will keep Labour on their toes and we will highlight any poor policies or wasteful spending.”
“Naturally, moving into opposition isn’t the best feeling in the world, but we are very positive as a group looking forward and we don’t intend to stay in opposition for too long.
“We will work to regain the support of the town as we genuinely believe that ultimately, a Conservative run council is better for Crawley.”
Cllr Brenda Burgess (Three Bridges) said she had also thrown her hat into the ring at last night’s meeting.
Wishing Cllr Crow the best for his tenure as leader, she said: “Howard Bloom made a very good leader and I’m really sorry he’s not taking us forward for a second year.
“But I’m sure Duncan will work to lead us in his own style.”
Regarding her bid for the leadership, she added: “I put my hat in the ring because I wanted the women’s voice to be heard.”