Tuesday, 29 November 2011

New Tory Leader Harris - Runs From Church

Runner Harris
The merry-go-round that is Reading Conservative group continues to spin.

News reaches me that Cllr Tim Harris has been lined up as the "compromise candidate" between the warring factions responsible for deselecting Jamie Chowdhary and nudging Andrew Cumpsty out of office, as the next Tory group leader on Reading council .

Notable for promoting all-party support in the Council for a LGBT Centre in Reading, he is one of the few Tories to have actually done anything recently.

More remarkable, however, is the suggestion that Harris could flee his Church ward seat, where he is not due for re-election until 2014 - but where Labour won last time and look set to pick up another seat in May 2012 - and seek election next year in the safer haven of Peppard, or even Thames ward if Isobel Ballsdon seeks to follow on from the retiring Fred Pugh in the one seat ward of Mapledurham.

Of course, this could all just be Tory spin!

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