Email suggests Royal Borough deputy leader is in the running for council leadership

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Email suggests Royal Borough deputy leader is in the running for council leadership

The Royal Borough’s deputy leader appears to have thrown his hat into the ring for the council’s top job.

In an email, sent to Ascot and Sunninghill councillors and seen by the Advertiser, Cllr Simon Dudley (Con, Riverside) says that if he becomes leader, he wants to see money ‘shared equitably throughout the whole of RBWM’.

The email, which was sent on Tuesday, states: “I have long felt that the political balance on Cabinet was wrong with Maidenhead nine, Windsor three and A&S two.

“In the next few days Maidenhead Golf Club will make a decision on surrendering their lease.

“If that happens, and I am Group Leader, I pledge to you the necessary budget to both undertake the necessary maths block work at Charters but also invest in state of the art leisure facilities.

“The ‘dividend’ from Maidenhead should be shared equitably throughout all of RBWM.”

When contacted by the Advertiser, Cllr Dudley refused to confirm he would be running for the council leadership but he said  he hoped the Conservative Group elected someone who was ‘up to the job’.

“I think it’s extremely important to lead the Royal Borough for residents so let’s hope we have a leader who is up to the job,” he said.

“If you look at the composition of the cabinet there’s nine councillors from Maidenhead, three from Windsor and two from Ascot and the Sunnings.

“We could certainly do more to make that representative.

“It’s now a matter for the Conservative Group but I hope the next leader continues to build a stronger borough for our residents.”

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