Cllr. Kevin Bentley has been elected as the new Leader of the Conservative Group at County Hall and Cllr. Louise McKinley as the new Deputy Leader following a meeting of the new ruling Conservative Group.
The recent elections confirmed the Conservatives as the controlling Party at Essex County Council after winning 52 of the 75 seats giving a clear working majority.
Cllr. Kevin Bentley, said:
”I’m honoured and privileged to have been elected as Leader of the Conservatives at County Hall and the trust that my Group has put in me and the trust the people have put into us as Conservatives to continue our work. Essex is such a great county with so many opportunities and we want to reflect those in our plan and vision which will revolve around Renewal as we come out of the pandemic and rebuild our economy, Equality where everyone is included, and no one left behind and Ambition which will see Essex as the place people aspire to live and work and create jobs and prosperity.”
Cllr. Louise McKinlay, said:
“I am delighted to have been elected as Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group and look forward to working with Kevin as we move forward with an ambitious plan for the next four years. Creating the conditions for the development of new, high quality jobs in Essex, ensuring people of all ages have the right skills for what will be our growing economy, continuing our work to care for older and vulnerable people and working to support communities, families, individuals will be at the heart of what we do.”
Kevin and Louise are now expected to be formerly elected as Leader and Deputy Leader at the Council’s Annual meeting on 25th May 2021.