City Tories elect their first female leader

Cllr ''Donna Jones
Cllr ''Donna Jones
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THE Conservative party in Portsmouth has elected its first female leader to serve on the city council.

Cllr Donna Jones, whose constituency is Hilsea, has succeeded Cllr Simon Bosher, who serves Drayton and Farlington ward, who is stepping down to concentrate on his work and his personal life. He will remain a councillor.

Cllr Jones is one of the youngest Tory leaders in local government, and was first elected in 2008.

In her time on Portsmouth City Council she has been the Conservative spokesman for resources and planning, regeneration and economic development.

She is also a council-appointed trustee of The Hampshire Pension Scheme, one of the largest local government pension schemes with a value in excess of £4.2bn.

Cllr Jones said: ‘Life in local government is tough at the moment.

‘We have budget cuts being imposed upon us and tough decisions to make.

‘My job as leader of the opposition for Portsmouth is to ensure that the public’s key priorities are being served properly, to ensure council tax is spent wisely and to be a strong voice for the people of Portsmouth.

‘My number one priority at this time, is job creation.

‘We must be ensuring new business are drawn into the city. I will do this by representing the citizens of Portsmouth at major business events.’