Conservative leader for Brighton and Hove City Council Tony Janio is stepping down after the ‘disappointing’ local election results.
He said to remain as the leader, it would have meant having faith in the current Conservative Government’s handling of Brexit, which he said he does not.
He told the Indy: “I am delighted that the residents of Hangleton and Knoll had faith in me, and my ward colleagues, as their ward councillor, and I will do my utmost represent them as best as I can over the next four years.
“I will not however be seeking re-election as The Brighton and Hove Conservative Group leader.
“How could I following the disappointing local election results in Brighton and Hove, and the kicking we received across the wider South East.
“Knocking on hundreds of doors, I learnt that pretty much the only factor that was undermining voter faith in the Conservatives, and Labour as it happens, was the performance of the national leaderships.
“There was genuine anger on the doors, with the Conservatives being blamed for calling the referendum, and Labour and The Conservatives for failing to deliver the result.
“To have remained as the Conservative group leader, would have meant having faith in the current Conservative Government’s handling of Brexit: I haven’t.”