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Westminster City Council names its new leader-elect

Councillor Nickie Aiken is expected to be voted in as leader at a full council meeting in January, following Philippa Roe's decision to step down last month

Westminster City Council's leader-elect Cllr Nickie Aiken. The move will be rubberstamped in January 2017

The next leader of Westminster City Council has been named.

Cllr Nickie Aiken was appointed the new leader of the Conservative majority group, and will take over as council leader in the new year.

She promised her civic leadership would be one of “openness, transparency and responsibility”.

The change comes after the current leader Cllr Philippa Roe, Baroness Couttie, announced in November that she would be stepping down after five years at the helm.

Cllr Aiken is expected to take over subject to a vote by full council on January 25.

After being named the leader-elect, she said: “I will be humbled and proud to lead Westminster City Council if I am elected on January 25.

“Westminster is a complex and unique urban environment, but more importantly it is home to a quarter of a million people.

Philippa Marion Roe, Baroness Couttie, will be leaving her role as leader of Westminster council

“As we look towards the future challenges, we must redouble our efforts to ensure Westminster secures the resources and implements the policies that deliver services our residents deserve, our one million daily visitors expect and support our 50,000 plus businesses to thrive.

“That means building on the strong foundations of our City for All programme, ensuring that we provide opportunities for our residents, as well as encouraging aspiration and responsibility amongst our communities and acting as proud custodians of this unique place.

"The guiding principles of my civic leadership will be openness, transparency and responsibility."

Cllr Roe added: “I warmly welcome the news that Cllr Nickie Aiken has been elected as my successor.

“I have had the great privilege of leading the council for five very busy but incredibly fulfilling years.

“Having worked closely with Nickie I know that she will do an outstanding job, worthy of Westminster and all that comes with leading this both global and local city and I wish her every success.”

Cllr Roe, who last year lost a bid to be the Conservative candidate for the London Mayoral elections which were eventually won by Labour’s Sadiq Khan , will remain the council leader until the full meeting in January.

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