New Conservative Group Leader confirmed

16 May 2016

A new Leader of the Conservative group on South Cambridgeshire District Council has been confirmed.

Cllr Peter Topping, local member for Whittlesford Ward since 2008, has been voted in by his party as the new group leader and is expected to be appointed as Leader of the Council at the Annual General Meeting this Thursday (19 May).

Cllr Topping paid tribute to Cllr Ray Manning, who stood down as Leader of the Council last week to let “fresh blood” take up the reins after nine years in the role.

Cllr Topping said: “Ray has done a fantastic job as Leader over the last nine years and is going to be a very hard act to follow. He deserves a huge amount of thanks for the dedication and passion he has put in the role and for all he has achieved for the local area. I am really pleased to have been voted in as Leader of the Conservative Group and look forward to the Annual General Meeting on Thursday.

“There is no doubt that the continued cuts to the funding local councils have received from Government over the last few years, and we are expecting to see continue, presents huge challenges. Our innovative approach to generate our own funding through initiatives such as our housing company, Ermine Street Housing, we are in the best position possible to meet the challenges and I am committed to making sure we maintain services of the highest quality.”

Cllr Topping is the current Portfolio Holder for Corporate and Customer Services, having been appointed to the role on in May last year. He has previously been the Cabinet Member responsible for sustainability, planning and climate change and has also held the positions of Chairman of the Climate Change Working Group, Chairman of the Corporate Governance Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Employment Committee.

The Leader elect has said he will announce his Cabinet top team on Thursday at the Annual General Meeting.  

Cllr Topping is a keen cyclist and a member of the Champion of the Thames Rowing Club. He ran Legal aid for the East of England for six years and has worked with a range of ministers as a senior civil servant.