Colchester Conservatives are pleased to announce their new Group Leader will be Cllr Robert Davidson (Mersea & Pyefleet Ward).

Cllr Davidson was first elected in 1998 and has previously been both Leader of the Conservative Group and Leader of the Council, offering valuable experience to the role. He has lived and farmed here all his life, growing crops across the Borough.

To support him, the Deputy Leader will be Cllr Lewis Barber (Lexden & Braiswick Ward), an enthusiastic, younger member of the Council.

With 23 members, Colchester Conservatives remain the largest single party on the Borough Council.  Cllr Davidson anticipates continuing to be in opposition if Labour, Liberal Democrats and Highwoods groups again form a Coalition to run the Council.

Commenting on his new role Cllr Davidson said: 'I am looking forward to scrutinising the work of the coalition council. I am particularly looking forward to helping develop our next generation of community leaders. We have some real shining stars and I see my role as supporting any initiatives offering a brighter future for our borough.’

Cllr Davidson added: 'I pay tribute to our former Leader, Castle Ward Councillor Darius Laws, who earned respect across the chamber with his new ideas for Colchester, some of which the Council have delivered especially around his passion for a cleaner town centre, tourism, Colchester's Roman heritage and his love of the bicycle !’