Havering Conservatives have chosen a new leader to head the opposition party on the borough council.

Keith Prince, the current member of the Greater London Assembly for Havering and Redbridge and a councillor for Squirrels Heath ward, will hold the post after he was elected "unopposed" by Tory councillors.

He told the Havering Daily that being born and bred in Havering, it was a “great honour and privilege” for him to take up such an important role on the council.

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Cllr Prince was also reselected on May 15 as the Conservative candidate for Havering and Redbridge in next year’s London Assembly election.

He had said in a statement to the Recorder that he would like to work with homeless charities and continue campaigning for better transport connectivity in the borough.

He will replace Cllr Damian White, who was the leader of the Havering Council during the pandemic, as Tory .

Fellow Havering Conservative Cllr David Taylor congratulated Cllr Prince and said he "is an exemplary advocate for Havering", having stood up for the borough in London City Hall since 2016.

He added: "Keith has been at the forefront of fighting against ULEZ and in holding Havering’s administration to account.”