“After ten years, I have decided to step down as Leader of Havering Council to take up a new position in the private sector.
“It’s been my absolute privilege to lead this Council for the last decade and I am immensely proud of what we have been able to achieve in that time.
I feel extremely fortunate that I have been able to work with a group of visionary councillors and hugely committed officers. I would like to thank them all.
“Together, we have stabilised tax bills for residents; invested in local priorities - from parks and social care to libraries and schools; protected valued services like weekly bin collections and made sure our borough remains a clean, green and rewarding place to live.
“Somebody new will have the honour of leading the Council and the Conservative Group into May’s local elections.
"I will stand in the hope of once again representing the residents of Squirrels Heath ward, but as I return to work in the private sector I don’t believe I can continue to devote the time needed to lead the Council effectively.
“I will be sorry to go, but I am proud to have played my part in making Havering a better place to live and I wish my successor the very best for the future.”
At the Full Council meeting on 29th January, there will be a vote to confirm a new Leader of the Council. The Administration’s nomination will be announced in due course.