Greenwich Conservatives have announced the team who will take on Labour in the Town Hall in the coming year. As the official Opposition Group on Greenwich Council, they will have the job of holding the ruling Labour Administration to account and asking questions on behalf of residents.
Councillor Nigel Fletcher remains Leader of the Opposition, with Councillor Charlie Davis as his Deputy, and Councillor Geoff Brighty continues as Chief Whip of the Opposition. Cllr. Fletcher has made the following changes to the Shadow Cabinet responsibilities of the Group's Spokespeople:
- Councillor Charlie Davis takes on the Finance portfolio in addition to Regeneration
- Councillor Matt Hartley becomes spokesperson for Health, Adult Social Care and Anti-Poverty
- Councillor Roger Tester becomes Spokesperson for Community Safety and Enforcement
Other spokespeople remain in their existing roles, with Cllr Geoff Brighty as Spokesperson for Business and Enterprise, Cllr Spencer Drury speaking on Housing, Cllr Pat Greenwell on Children and Young People, Matt Clare on Environment and Transport, and Cllr John Hills on Armed Forces and Veterans. As Leader, Cllr Fletcher will also continue to be spokesperson for Culture, Communities and Corporate Services.
In addition, Councillor Fletcher has appointed two new Group Special Assistants from outside the Council to support the Group in its work on behalf of residents. Andrea Borbely and Naveed Mughal will support efforts to engage with communities across the Borough, and undertake specific projects to review Council policies and examine alternatives, in conjunction with relevant Group spokespeople.
Cllr Fletcher said:
"I'm delighted to announce these changes, which strengthen the Council Group in the run-up to next year's elections. I'm particularly pleased to welcome Andrea and Naveed to their new roles, supporting the Group with a number of special projects. Both are excellent community champions, and fought great campaigns in their recent by-elections. I have been hugely impressed by them, and know they will both have a lot to contribute in the future.
"They join the wider Greenwich Conservatives team, which already includes our other two recent by-election candidates, Federation Deputy Chairman Daniel McGinley and Branch Chairman Ben Crompton."