Corby Conservatives elect new leader as former head steps down

Councillor Rob McKellar addressing the crowd at recent protest march against the Gretton Brook Road waste plant
Councillor Rob McKellar addressing the crowd at recent protest march against the Gretton Brook Road waste plant
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A new leader has been elected for Corby Conservatives following the resignation of former leader Councillor David Sims.

Councillor Rob McKellar (Weldon, Gretton and Priors Hall) was voted in as the new leader of the opposition on Corby Borough Council during a Conservative party meeting last Wednesday. He is expected to announce details of a shadow cabinet and a full list of his priorities for the town later this week.

Councillor McKellar, who was first elected to the Council in 2011 at the age of 24. has already outlined local leisure facilities and the environment as key focuses.

Following his election he said: “Having been born, schooled and brought up in Corby I am extremely excited by this opportunity. My leadership will be all about building a bright and positive future for Corby and its surrounding villages.

“I believe very strongly in bringing new leisure facilities and local amenities to the area and in protecting precious woodland and green space. These things will be at the very heart of local Conservative policy.”

Paying tribute to the outgoing Councillor Sims (Oakley Vale, Great Oakley), he added: “An enormous thank you goes out to David for the excellent work he has done as leader for the last seven years. As Conservative leader David established the new ‘Team Corby Conservatives’, set up the WeLoveCorby Tourism programme and fought hard for transparency and financial responsibility at the council.”

In a statement, Councillor Sims said, “Rob will be a fantastic leader and he has my full and 100 per cent support. If his track record as the councillor for Weldon and Gretton is anything to go by then the people of Corby can expect some great things. I wish him every success in his new role.”