Bid to oust county’s Tory leader fails

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A BID to oust the Tory leader of Hampshire County Council has been quashed.

Cllr Roy Perry, currently deputy leader of the council’s Tory group, which is in charge of the council, stood against leader Cllr Ken Thornber to take the position.

He was the only challenger for the role.

But Hampshire’s Conservative group – which had a vote at its annual meeting to decide on its leader – instead chose to stick with Cllr Thornber.

The group issued a statement saying: ‘At its meeting, Hampshire County Council’s Conservative group resolved that there will be no change in the leadership of the county council this year.’

Cllr Perry said: ‘I fully understand the wish of the Conservative group, in these difficult financial times, to concentrate on tackling the difficult financial circumstances we face.’