Brenchley & Horsmonden councillor, Alan McDermott, agreed to leave his position as leader of the Tory group at the Council following Wednesday’s [May 19] annual general meeting [AGM] of Conservative councillors.
It will mean Cllr McDermott is likely to also step down as Leader of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.
The news follows a disastrous election result that saw the Conservatives lose overall control of the Council for the first time in more than 20 years.
Tom Dawlings, the current cabinet member in charge of Finance and Governance, is to replace Cllr McDermott as head of the Tory group .
But the Benenden & Cranbrook member will need a majority vote from all councillors if he is to retain the leadership of the Council for the Conservatives after Cllr McDermott offically steps down.
The Town Hall is currently in deadlock with Conservatives holding 24 seats and the opposition parties also holding 24.
Full story in next week’s Times of Tunbridge Wells – out May 26.