The Conservative Group on Hampshire County Council at their Group Meeting today have confirmed Councillor Roy Perry as their leader.
The 56 strong group unanimously elected Cllr Roy Perry as Leader and Cllr Keith Mans as Deputy Leader at their Group meeting on Thursday 18th May.
Hampshire Conservatives led by Roy Perry had a very successful election result on 4th May gaining their largest majority ever on the 78 member county council.
In the election Conservatives gained 3 seats from the Liberal Democrats against 2013 (net 2), 6 seats from UKIP and one each from Labour and independents. Roy Perry had a personal best result with a majority of well over 2000 in his Romsey Rural Division and Cllr Mans similarly had a resounding 2000 plus majority in Brockenhurst.
Roy Perry said, “I am grateful to my Conservative colleagues for placing their confidence in me as their Leader for another term. I am particularly grateful to my Deputy Leader Keith Mans and other Executive members who work hard day in and day out for Hampshire residents.
It has not been easy to set budgets and steer Hampshire in a time of austerity and with many pressures on our services. We work well as a team supported by excellent officers and with good relations with Members of Parliament. Hampshire County Council is well regarded across the whole country and I count myself fortunate to be leading one of England’s best county councils”
The full County Council will meet next Thursday 25 May in Winchester when a new Chairman of the Council will be elected and when Cllr Perry will propose his Executive Members. Cllr Graham Burgess from Lee on the Solent will be proposed as Chairman for 2017 – 2018