Cllr Keith Baker announced as the new leader of Wokingham Conservatives

Published: 30 May 2014 09:303 comments

CLLR Keith Baker has been elected as the new leader of the ruling Conservative party in Wokingham.

He will take over from Cllr David Lee following a meeting of the party last night, and Cllr Baker will stand as the Conservative candidate to be the new Council Leader, a position that will be voted on at the Council meeting on June 12.

Cllr Baker has been a Wokingham Borough Councillor since 2006 and has served as an Executive Member for various portfolios for the past seven years.

Cllr Baker, who represents Coronation ward - has lived in the borough most of his life and also serves as the Leader of Woodley Town Council.

Cllr Baker said: “I am honoured and delighted to have been elected the new Leader of Conservative Group.

"I am taking over at a time when people of Wokingham borough have clearly indicated their support for Conservative policies. I intend to build on this success and will listen to the views of all the borough’s residents.”

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  • SOWschool
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    May 30, 15:50
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    Will he honour the public pledges made by his predecessor David Lee - which guaranteed a school for SOW in September 2016 - and do the honourable thing and resign if it is not delivered. SOW has emailed him and are looking forward to his response. After all he does say 'communication will be critical with everything we do................................. unlike some of his fellow councillors we trust he will answer and address the emails that we send detailing the concerns we have about the secondary school place crisis.

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  • KeithBaker
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    Jun 2, 18:30
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    I have answered this by emails (tweice), newspaper websites and Facebook. So I think I am honouring my commitment to communicate!

    I can guarantee that this school will be built and I have already given my commitment that I will do everything in my power to remove any "roadblocks" that arise along the way.

    What I cannot do at the moment is to guarantee the September 2016 opening on the basis that I have yet to be exposed to the project plan to achieve this. I have asked for a briefing on this timeline by officers and when I do I will be contacting the SOW group to discuss this further.

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  • SOWschool
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    Jun 2, 19:31
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    I have a child in Y4, in a school that has been bulged by WBC with 20 additional places in that year. Yes, you may guarantee it will be built when is now the question we demand answers too. WBC have been avoiding this question for years. My daughter cannot wait for you to get your feet under the table and peruse a project plan before making a decision on whether or not it can be built on time - if your predecessor made the pledge, as did the Lead for Children's Service's on national tv and three of your colleagues, then I would expect you to do what I would in your position, show integrity and honour - get the school built when we were promised, if not resign. I would have no hesitation in doing that. Alternatively, Keith maybe you will authorise WBC Education dept to pay for SOW children to be home-tutored, as many of us are now considering. It is a disgrace you have put parents in this quandary .

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