Castle ward councillor, Darius Laws, was unanimously chosen by his fellow councillors, to lead them into the next local elections in May.
Outgoing Conservative leader, Cllr. Dennis Willetts, had previously decided to stand down this winter and an EGM was called at Colchester Conservative club in the town centre.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time leading the Conservatives locally, Cllr. Flores recently won the Shrub End By-Election and we are by far the largest group on the council. I am confident Darius will bring us new ideas.”
Cllr. Laws is keen to get started. “I want to make Colchester an even better place. The number one issue is over development and congestion, however I will also be focusing my attention on convincing people that a Conservative-led Council will focus on making much more of our unique heritage and improve Colchester’s appeal as a visitor destination.
“I’m passionate about helping to find a solution for Jumbo, lighting up our historic Roman City Walls and ancient monuments.
“The public realm will be improved, we will go after absent landlords who allow buildings to stagnate, we will also proactively chase new business, leisure and retail opportunities. We should be looking to build a York-style Roman Centre as part of the Vineyard Gate development scheme.
“A Conservative-run council will work with Essex County Council and the government to deliver an even better Colchester for everyone.”
Tim Young, Colchester Labour leader and Deputy leader of Colchester Borough Council offered his congratulations too.
” I would like to congratulate Cllr. Darius Laws on his election as Conservative Group leader. I am sure we will have our political differences but, where we agree, I look forward to working with him for the betterment of our wonderful, historic Borough.”