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Tory councillor is deselected, as planning chief quits

Glenys Roberts calls on voters to back new party opposing pedestrianisation of Oxford Street

13 April, 2018 — By Tom Foot

Glenys Roberts: ‘I worry about the West End and having lived there all my adult life I think I am well qualified to look after its best interests’

A CONSERVATIVE councillor who has represented the West End for 18 years has been deselected and has called on voters to give “lots of support” to the Oxford Street anti-pedestrianisation party.

Glenys Roberts said the new single-issue party could “bring back reason to the West End”.

A former journalist at the Evening Standard and the Daily Mail, said on Twitter she would “prefer to have made the decision myself… but have been mysteriously deselected”.

In a statement, she added: “I worry about the West End and having lived there all my adult life I think I am well qualified to look after its best interests.

“However my continuing frustration at the lack of action, understanding and local knowledge, the failure to allot funds to priority issues and the frightening hostility encountered at any genuine attempt to tackle reality rather than rely on PR self-delusion means my time would not be well spent.”

Cllr Roberts tweeted her favourite memories of being on the council including meeting Joanna Lumley and attending Save Soho campaign events.

She follows West End ward Conservative Paul Church who has recently announced he will not stand for re-election following a dispute with his party.

Former housing chief Jonathan Glanz, Timothy Barnes and Hilary Su are standing for the Tories.

Danny Astaire

The council’s planning chief is also “standing down” after more than 12 years in another surprise announcement from Westminster Conservatives.

Born and raised in St John’s Wood, Conservative Danny Astaire represented the Regent’s Park ward.

He described himself on Twitter as the “currently the longest serving cabinet member under four leaders including the fab Nickie Aiken”, adding that he was very proud of what Westminster Council had achieved during his tenure.

Cllr Aiken said he had been an “outstanding public servant”. Gotz Mohindra, Paul Swaddle, Robert Rigby are standing for the Conservatives in Regent’s Park.

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