Hampshire County Councillor, Tony Hooke (UKIP), last week alleged on his Facebook page that Test Valley Borough Councillor, Zilliah Brooks (Conservative), would be challenging Cllr Ian Carr for the leadership of Test Valley Borough Council.

Andover & Villages spoke to Cllr Hooke, who said, “Three conservative councillors will be challenging Cllr Carr for leadership: Cllr Zilliah Brooks, Cllr Chris Lynn and Cllr Graham Stallard. I have this on good authority. We would be pleased to work with Cllr Brooks, as she is forward thinking and thinks only of the town.”

Cllr Zilliah Brooks told Andover & Villages, “I have no intention of challenging Cllr Carr for leadership of TVBC. The first I heard of it was when my daughter told me of the post on Facebook. I have never said, intimated or considered ever challenging Cllr Carr. He has my full support, and the support of all of the local conservatives. We have complete confidence in him and I understand that no one will be challenging him for the position of leader. Cllr Carr has been a wonderful leader and I believe he will continue to be so.”

The Test Valley Borough Council Conservative Group called for nominations for the leadership role two weeks ago. The selection process closed yesterday, 1st December 2014. Andover & Villages has been told that the only nomination put forward was Cllr Ian Carr.

This evening, Cllr Phil North, Chairman of the Test Valley Borough Council Conservative Group, released the following statement:

I’m pleased to announce that the Conservative Group has re-adopted Cllr Ian Carr as the Conservative Group Leader on Test Valley Borough Council. He was re-adopted unopposed.

Cllr Carr has tremendous experience in leading the Council which continues to deliver efficient and effective services with one of the lowest council tax rates in the country.

Ian Carr will lead the Conservative Team into the Borough Council elections next year on a strong record of delivering for the residents of Test Valley.

In Andover Cllr Carr has overseen the delivery of the Lights Theatre, the cinema and Asda complex, the new skatepark, the increase in grants to our voluntary and community organisations, improvements to our business parks and the Andover Town Centre Summit, which is making a significant contribution to rejuvenating the high street and increasing footfall.

There is still more to do and Ian is committed to continuing to improve our Town and Borough for the benefit of residents.


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