Tory leader re-election ‘shows united front’

Councillor Tony Williams
Councillor Tony Williams
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The Conservative group on Blackpool Council has elected a new deputy leader.

Coun Don Clapham, who represents Bispham on Blackpool Council, replaces Stanley ward’s Coun Peter Evans as the group’s number two.

The election was held at the group’s annual general meeting, which took place on Tuesday evening.

Coun Tony Williams was unanimously re-elected as leader – and said that shows the party is “united” in its aims. He added: “I’m delighted and I was unopposed so it’s a sign that we are united in what we’re doing going forward.

“I’m looking forward very much to working with Coun Clapham and I would like to thank Coun Evans for all the hard work he’s put in during the last couple of years.

“He’ done a sterling job and there’s still more for him to do.”

Coun Evans had previously served as the Conservative group leader, succeeding Coun Peter Callow after the Conservatives lost control of the Town Hall in 2011.

But he was subsequently succeeded himself by Coun Williams.

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