In whose name, Hudspeth?

EU flagI see the present Leader of Oxfordshire County Council, Ian Hudspeth, has put his name to a letter in The Daily Telegraph with some other council leaders, supporting Cameron and the Remain position. I am curious to know quite who he is representing?  Is this his personal view?  That was the position of John Longworth, chief executive of the British Chambers of Commerce, until No 10 apparently stuck in their oar. Now he is gone.

CameronD3Or was Hudspeth speaking for and with the approval of his political group? I would be very curious to know but I suspect not. I think he would struggle to get a majority for Remain out of the Conservative county group!  So, perhaps he was flying a kite and hoping to get back in DC’s good books. I think it will take more than that!

Finally, perhaps he was reflecting the rainbow views of the Council as a whole?  If he counted Labour, Liberal and Green votes, he would not have need a majority of his Conservative colleagues to support his Remain stance.

Would anyone like to come clean?

About Keith R Mitchell CBE

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1967. Pursued a successful career in financial training and publishing until selling his interests in 1990. Elected a County Councillor for the Bloxham Division in 1989. Leader of Oxfordshire County Council 5 November 2001 to 15 May 2012. Chairman of the South East England Regional Planning Committee July 2002 to July 2005. Chairman of the South East England Regional Assembly July 2005 to July 2008. In HM the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours, appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of services to local government.
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