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Friday, 23 June 2017

Lord True retires as Leader of Richmond Council





Cllr Nicholas True, Leader of Richmond Council since 2010, announced at the Cabinet meeting last night that he will not be seeking re-election to the Council in 2018.

As a result, he will be stepping down as Leader of Richmond Council on the 4th of July to enable a successor to be elected to lead the administration forward up to and beyond next May.

Speaking afterwards, he said;

“This will leave a big hole in my life. The greatest honour I have ever had was to be trusted by local people and my colleagues to lead this special community for over seven years.

My aim has never been self-promotion, simply to give the best, most dispassionate public service in my power day by day.

While never belittling the need for challenge and counter-challenge in a democracy, I sought to look beyond party interest to take the best decisions in the public interest.

Many of them have been popular, some unpopular, but all were based in solid principle: never promising what we could not achieve, honouring every promise given and trying each day to rise above the negative and follow the creative path, respecting the wonderful inheritance of our borough, but working innovatively for the future.

At an age when many others think of full retirement I find myself with the privilege of a seat in Parliament at a critical time for our country.

I will continue to be active there. We need a more generous-spirited, less angry, more understanding political discourse at every level, less quick to promote division, less prone to instant judgment and more respectful of the ideas and good intent of almost all.

I hope to play my part in that. But I will never forget what I owe my borough and will always work to advance its interests at that level."

Cllr. Lord True was first elected to Richmond Council as a Councillor for East Sheen Ward in 1986.

He was Deputy Leader of the Opposition from 1998-2002, Deputy Leader of the Council from 2002-2006, Leader of the Opposition from 2006-2010 and has led Richmond Council since 2010.

He became a member of the House of Lords in 2010.

He and his wife, Anne-Marie, a local nursery school principal, have lived in East Sheen for over 35 years.
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