New leader for Dorset Council Conservatives

Councillor Spencer Flower has been declared as the new leader of the Conservative group on Dorset Council.

At their first meeting following the local elections on 2 May, Conservative group members voted in Cllr Flower as their leader.

The leader of Dorset Council will be elected at the annual council meeting on 16 May.

Cllr Flower said: “I am delighted to have been given the support of colleagues in what will be a very demanding role.”

He has appointed Councillor Peter Wharf as deputy group leader.

The Verwood councillor is a former leader of Dorset County Council and East Dorset District Council.

Back in 2015, Cllr Flower became the first person to be prosecuted under a new law aimed at giving communities more power.

A district judge at Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court ruled he had broken laws under the Localism Act 2011.

Flower, of Verwood, Dorset, was given a six-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £930 costs.

For more information, see this report on the BBC website –