New Chairman Jack Hickey ready for the challenge

New Conservative Chairman Jack Hickey vows to take the fight to Labour's one party state.

For too long, city hall has remained unchallenged and councillors have been able to increase council taxes for hard working members of Leicester to fund Labour's vanity projects. As children's services and centres for the elderly are closed down, millions is wasted on new bicycle lanes and the chopping down of trees in Victoria Park. 

As the Leicester Mercury reported :

Mr Hickey, who last year lost out on being elected to represent the city's Thurncourt ward by 90 votes, is seeking to revive Tory fortunes.

He said: "There's no disguising we have had a tough time here but I want a fresh start. The Leicester Conservatives have entered a new chapter in its history by electing a new young team of campaigners to lead the fight against Peter Soulsby's one party state.

"I'm thrilled to be elected as the new chairman by the members. It's about time we got our act together in Leicester to really hold Soulsby to account.

"This will be my primary task - to make us a credible and alternative opposition to Labour.

"Our schools should be performing better, there should be greater scrutiny of his spending decisions, which will saddle future generations with debt and higher council taxes.

"There are areas where it is better to work together - on jobs, economic growth and better transport for residents.

"Isn't it funny when city and county councils come together, everyone benefits? I want to see more of this and a greater willingness of Labour councillors to join in with this success.

"We have a much smaller membership than we used to but it is growing. We need to get out and get knocking on people's doors. There are lots of people with Conservative values in Leicester and we need to connect with them."

Mr Hickey said he wanted to work closely with the Leicestershire Conservatives.

Tory county council leader Nick Rushton said, " I'm looking forward to working with Jack and his team. I've met him several times now and know he's a man we can do business with. Very single minded and determined to succeed. Soulsby should watch out."