Opposing Havering councillors react to Michael White’s resignation

18:08 22 January 2014

Cllr Michael White.

Cllr Michael White.


Michael White has reisgned as leader of Havering Council after 10 years in the role.

The longest serving council leader in the history of the borough announced his decision at a Conservative party meeting on Monday night.

It comes just months before the May council elections, and the Tory councillor will now take up a new role in the private sector.

“I’ve done my 10 years – it is time to move on,” he told the Recorder,

“Someone said ‘the art of great leadership is knowing when to go’ - and it is the right time.”

Cllr White will continue in his role as ward councillor for Squirells Heath, but believes he can no longer commit enough time to act as leader.

In a statement released on Tuesday, he thanked his fellow councillors and officers.

He wrote: “It’s been my absolute privilege to lead this council for the last decade and I am immensely proud of what we have been able to achieve in that time.

“I will be sorry to go, but I am proud to have played my part in making Havering a better place to live and I wish my successor the very best for the future.”

Opposing councillors have moved to comment on the resignation.

Leader of the Residents’ Association, Cllr Clarence Barrett, said: “Ten years is a long time as Leader and I wish Cllr White well.

“However, my focus is on the May local elections.”

Labour leader, Cllr Keith Darvill, spoke of his surprise at the news.

“I didn’t see it coming this close to the elections. I thought he would be leading his party into them,” he said,

“I have not agreed with everything they have done but it has certainly been a hard 10 years, particularly with the financial difficulties all local governments have faced.”

Cllr Lawrence Webb, leader of the UK Independence Party, did not pull any punches and suggested Cllr White took his new job to ensure he was not unemployed post-election.

Related articles


Latest Romford News Stories

Yesterday, 15:00

A theatre has taken a bold step to ensure that suffering from dementia should not be an obstacle to enjoying the excitement and delight of a stage 

Yesterday, 12:00
From left jewellery students Carol Carne, Gina Savill-Turner, Jo Golledge, chainmail queen Linda Parkyn. Daphne Freeman and tutor Carol Allen at the Fairkytes Arts Centre.

It started life in the mid-18th century as a private house for occupants including Joseph Fry, son of the famous prison reformer Elizabeth Fry.

Yesterday, 10:00
Student Alice and reporter Chloe Farand talking about the care suite at Havering Sixth Form College

Chloe Farand meets Havering Sixth Form College’s mental health officer and the care team, who support students day to day

Yesterday, 08:02
Ardleigh Green Road, Photo: Google Maps

CCTV footage of two men sought in connection with an incident where a woman was robbed and dragged along a pavement has been released by police.

Fri, 17:33
Residents from Orchard Village warn against plans for 750 homes in New Road, Rainham

People angered by a host of problems on their estate have staged a protest about the housing association as it presented new plans for 750 homes.

Fri, 12:54
Police were called after reports of an incident at the Thomson travel agency in Upminster this morning

Police are attending an incident at a travel agents with reports that the building has been cordoned off.

Fri, 10:00
Beaux Beatz members Jasmine Hood, Charlie Dillon, Charlee-Lou Borthwick, Tyresse Aaron Ryan and Macey Broom

Hoping to make the big time, young members of a pop group are showing they have the x factor by making it through to the live shows of a singing competition.

Fri, 07:00
Mother and daughter Sandra Goldsmith and Vikki Powell who are fundraising after both having being diagnosed with breat cancer

A mum had the devastating shock of being told she had breast cancer just a day before her daughter’s final day of treatment in her own battle with the disease.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news


Show Job Lists

News from your area


Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.


£3,000 goes a long way at Boots

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

Kit yourself out and go Apple mad!

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now