Chris Steward named as York Conservatives new leader

York Press: Coun Chris Steward Coun Chris Steward

THE Conservative group on City of York Council has elected Coun Chris Steward as its new leader.

He replaces Coun Ian Gillies, who is to become Lord Mayor in 2014/15.

Coun Steward, 33, a life-long York resident, said: “I am greatly looking forward to building on the group’s progress to date and ensuring that we continue to hold Labour accountable for their many failings, from cutting residents’ salt bins to their misjudged rush into the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

“Our group is looking towards the council elections in 2015 and we will be working relentlessly to get rid of this terrible Labour administration which is doing so much harm to the city of York.”

Coun Steward’s election means York has one of the youngest political scenes in the region, with all three main parties led by councillors in their early-30s.

Coun Steward, who represents Rural West York on the council, prompted controversy a year ago by saying there was no real poverty in Britain and saying that those who donated to food banks enabled people who could not budget, or did not want to, to spend more on alcohol and cigarettes.

Labour leader James Alexander said: “I wish Councillor Steward well as the new leader of the opposition and I look forward to him announcing where he now stands on the big issues facing York.

"I already disagree with his view that being council leader should be a part time a job.”

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11:14am Wed 18 Dec 13

Tom6187 says...

Chris "Food Banks Are For People Who Can't Budget" Steward

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Chris "Food Banks Are For People Who Can't Budget" Steward http://www.huffingto npost.co.uk/2013/01/ 03/tory-councillor-c hris-steward-food-ba nks-criticised_n_240 2631.html Tom6187

12:00pm Wed 18 Dec 13

NoNewsIsGoodNews says...

York Conservatives name new leader

I wonder what they have named him?
[quote]York Conservatives name new leader [/quote] I wonder what they have named him? NoNewsIsGoodNews

1:27pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Buzzz Light-year says...

prompted controversy by saying there was no real poverty etc

A year ago.
And after the ostentatious apology and offer to volunteer at a food bank, many York people would like to know if Coun Steward actually carried out that volunteering.
After much asking, there's still no official word.

Come on Councillor, what's the story?
[quote]prompted controversy by saying there was no real poverty etc[/quote] A year ago. And after the ostentatious apology and offer to volunteer at a food bank, many York people would like to know if Coun Steward actually carried out that volunteering. After much asking, there's still no official word. Come on Councillor, what's the story? Buzzz Light-year

6:29pm Wed 18 Dec 13

CaroleBaines says...

Oh my goodness. Sorry but if there is a worse candidate I can not think of one. Say what you like about Mr Gillies but at least he was a gentleman and showed some respect. Having read Mr Stewards Twitter account for some months and having watched aghast at his comments re food banks, I can only say this is a huge own goal.
Oh my goodness. Sorry but if there is a worse candidate I can not think of one. Say what you like about Mr Gillies but at least he was a gentleman and showed some respect. Having read Mr Stewards Twitter account for some months and having watched aghast at his comments re food banks, I can only say this is a huge own goal. CaroleBaines

8:01am Sat 21 Dec 13

Yorkie84 says...

I think he did actual visit/volunteer at a food bank, he just didn't feel the need to announce it!
I think he did actual visit/volunteer at a food bank, he just didn't feel the need to announce it! Yorkie84

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