Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, John Cotton resigned from the leadership on 14 March after being threatened with a motion of no confidence by fellow councillors.
John said on Twitter, “With some sadness, I have decided not to submit my name for the upcoming Conservative Group elections. That means, soon, I shall cease to be leader of South Oxfordshire District Council. It has been a huge honour to lead my district council and I am enormously proud of the way our staff have handled the challenges thrown at them: the office fire; the Garden Town in Didcot; a Local Plan with people at its heart – all while delivering top quality services with shrinking budgets and making South Oxfordshire one of the best places to be in the country.”
At the South Oxfordshire Conservative group met on Thursday night (12 April) they chose Cllr Jane Murphy as their new group leader.
The appointment of a new leader for South Oxfordshire District Council is on the agenda for the full Council meeting on Thursday 19 April. Cllr Murphy will be put forward as the new leader of the council at the meeting. With the Conservatives having the majority at SODC this looks like it will be just a formality.
A statement from SODC said, “John Cotton and current cabinet members remain in office until changes are confirmed.”