Interesting times at Oxon County Hall

imageI am hearing that the Annual General Meeting of the County Conservative Group on Thursday might be “interesting”!  This usually means a challenge to the leadership so I await news of the outcome with amused interest.  I did wonder for a fleeting moment if Cameron had tipped the wink to a West Oxon county councillor that he would welcome a change of leader.  It would not surprise me but I rather think DC is pretty busy out-Liberaling the Liberals in his Euro-enthusiasm!  In any case, I don’t think DC has ever rated county councils, preferring the smaller and less-likely-to-offend districts.

Ian Hudspeth

Ian Hudspeth

Still, the question remains, is a coup being planned at County Hall? I have a colleague who is an ex-Leader of Westminster City Council. He described his council colleagues like pit bulls, keen as mustard, highly successful in business and very ambitious.  These are not characteristics I would recognise greatly in the Oxon Conservative Group so I am fascinated who has the ambition and support to make a bid against the current incumbent.  Anyone who can sack the best Chief Executive Oxfordshire ever had and who managed the exit of the best Leader’s PA anyone could have and the most committed political researcher deserves all that he gets.

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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