New Greenwich Opposition Team announced
The Leader of Greenwich Conservatives, Nigel Fletcher, has announced his new Opposition team, to hold the Labour Administration to account at the Town Hall.
Councillor Fletcher was formally confirmed as the new Leader of the Opposition at the Annual Meeting of Greenwich Council, held online on Wednesday night. Councillor Charlie Davis became Deputy Leader of the Opposition, with Councillor Geoff Brighty continuing as Chief Whip of the Opposition.
Alongside these roles, every member of the nine-strong Conservative Group on the Council will have responsibilities as Opposition Spokespeople, covering the full range of Council services and functions.
As Leader, Councillor Fletcher has overall responsibility for the Opposition’s activity, and will take specific responsibility as spokesperson for Culture, Leisure and Central Services. Charlie Davis becomes spokesperson for Safer Communities and Regeneration, whilst Geoff Brighty takes on a new brief as spokesperson for Business and Enterprise.
Former Leader Matt Hartley becomes Spokesperson for Finance and Anti-Poverty, Pat Greenwell continues as Spokesperson for Children’s Services, whilst taking on the additional brief of Public Realm, and Councillor Matt Clare continues as Spokesperson for Transport and Environment, and adds Climate Change to his portfolio.
Chairman of Greenwich Conservatives, Roger Tester, remains lead Spokesperson for Health and Social Care, whilst past Leader Spencer Drury continues as Spokesperson for Housing. John Hills, himself an Army veteran, takes on a new role as Spokesperson for Armed Forces and Veterans.
Commenting on the changes, Nigel Fletcher said:
“I’m excited to begin work as Leader of the Opposition, and we’re lucky that Greenwich Conservatives has such a strong team to face Labour at the Town Hall. I want to continue the constructive approach we’ve taken locally in recent years, whilst holding the Council leadership to account when they let residents down.
“As well as the party politics, we are also the official Opposition Group on the Council, and will continue to take that vital constitutional role seriously, as we promised at the last election. That means challenging the Administration by providing effective scrutiny, and giving a strong voice to many other groups and residents, however they voted.”
- To support the official work of the Opposition Group, new social media accounts have been established for the Royal Borough of Greenwich Opposition Group (Facebook: GreenwichOpposition; Twitter: @RBG_Opposition) These will share information on the Group’s work on the Council, without party-political content. Greenwich Conservatives accounts will continue to carry party-political messages and share details of our election campaigning work.
- A full list of the new Opposition Spokespeople and their portfolios follows:
- Councillor Nigel Fletcher: Leader of the Opposition; Spokesperson for Culture, Leisure and Central Services
- Councillor Charlie Davis: Deputy Leader of the Opposition; Spokesperson for Community Safety and Regeneration
- Councillor Geoff Brighty: Opposition Chief Whip; Spokesperson for Business and Enterprise
- Councillor Matt Hartley: Opposition Spokesperson for Finance and Anti-Poverty.
- Councillor Spencer Drury: Opposition Spokesperson for Housing
- Councillor Pat Greenwell: Opposition Spokesperson for Children’s Services and Public Realm.
- Councillor John Hills: Opposition Spokesperson for Armed Forces and Veterans
- Councillor Roger Tester: Opposition Spokesperson for Health and Social Care
- Councillor Matt Clare: Opposition Spokesperson for Transport, Environment and Climate Change