Friday, 5 October 2012

New leader

Conservative councillors in Edinburgh today elected me as their new group leader. The election follows the resignation of Cllr Jeremy Balfour, who earlier stood down to take up the convenership of the Council’s new audit Committee.
My quote:
"It is an honour to have been elected as the new leader by my fellow Conservative councillors. I thank those who have put their trust in me by electing me as a councillor, and I thank my colleagues who have now entrusted me with the role of leader of the main opposition on the City of Edinburgh Council.

 Edinburgh is a wonderful city, but it is no secret that the city faces a number of challenges in the coming months and years. With its reputation tarnished by trams, by the statutory notices scandal and now with basic waste collection faltering badly, Edinburgh needs a different approach.
“The task before me and my colleagues is to play a full and constructive part in restoring confidence in Edinburgh and enabling residents to feel proud of their city once again.

“Our job as the main opposition on the council is to work constructively for the good of the city by scrutinising effectively the record of the Labour/SNP administration. Our job as Conservative councillors is to take every opportunity to promote efficiency, challenge bureaucracy, and ensure hard-pressed council tax payers get value for money.”

And some background . . .
A former police inspector, Cameron Rose was elected to Edinburgh Council in 2007 for  Southside/Newington ward.  He has been Finance spokesman, then Education spokesman for the Conservative group and is currently vice chair of the UK Local Authorities Pension Fund Forum.

Cameron lives in the Meadows area, is married and has five grown up children.  He is a regular cyclist, a blogger, and has a passion for history.

NB reposted from 14:08 to address IE rendering problem.

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