New Conservative leader set for top Hampshire County Council role

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Nick Adams King Hampshire County Council

The Conservative group of councillors on Hampshire County Council has selected its new leader, who will almost certainly also become the administration’s new leader.

The move follows current leader Rob Humby’s announcement last week that he was standing down.

The Conservative group has elected Councillor Nick Adams-King as its new leader and he will be the party’s candidate for leadership in the next county council annual general meeting on Thursday.

As the Conservatives have an overall majority on the council, his elevation to leader is a forgone conclusion.

On his Facebook page, Councillor Adams-King, who currently holds the executive role for universal services, said that, if elected, he would continue to “strive to be an efficient, caring, innovative, business-friendly council”.

Councillor Adams-King said: “Last Thursday, my colleagues in the Conservative group at Hampshire County Council elected me as their new group leader, which means that on Thursday, I will be our group’s candidate to be the new leader of Hampshire County Council. 

“Under my leadership, Hampshire County Council will continue to strive to be an efficient, caring, innovative, business-friendly council, one that cares for our environment, tackles the challenge of climate change and actively promotes the positive and necessary work we do to protect our most vulnerable Hampshire residents.”

He also said that Councillor Jan Warwick, currently executive member for younger adults and health and wellbeing, would be the next deputy leader.

“I am blessed with an amazing team of colleagues who have a wealth of experience, knowledge and enthusiasm, and it is an incredible honour to be chosen by them as their leader.  Amongst these individuals, there is no one more talented than Councillor Jan Warwick, whom I am delighted was chosen by my colleagues as our group deputy leader and, from Thursday, deputy leader of the council.

“My style is collegiate and cooperative, I look forward to working in that vein with my party colleagues and opposition members alike.  No one enters politics to do harm, we just disagree about how to do good.

He also said Councillor Humby “changed HCC for the better.”

“Finally, I’d like to pay tribute to former leader, Councillor Rob Humby and deputy leader, Councillor Roz Chadd, for steering the council through two intensely difficult years.  Rob stands down, knowing he has changed Hampshire County Council for the better.  We owe him a huge vote of thanks, not just for his sacrifice and hard work of the last two years but for his many years of service to the people of Hampshire.”

The resignation came as “quite a surprise”, Hampshire Labour group leader Councillor Kim Taylor said. She added that the group is looking forward to a “constructive dialogue” with the new council leader.

Councillor Taylor said: “The announcement of Councillor Rob Humby’s resignation as leader of the council did come as quite a surprise. As leader of the Hampshire Labour group, I look forward to having a constructive dialogue with the new leader of the council once they are elected.

“I am keen to safeguard the interests of residents and our most vulnerable members of society in the light of the cuts to services being brought forward by the Conservative administration. The Hampshire Labour group will be working hard to ensure residents’ voices are heard and not overlooked in these difficult financial times.”

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