A FORMER Henley town councillor has been elected interim chairman of the Henley branch of the
A FORMER Henley town councillor has been elected interim chairman of the Henley branch of the South Oxfordshire Conservative Association.
Dieter Hinke, who failed to be re-elected in May, replaces town, district and county councillor David Nimmo Smith.
Mr Hinke was a serving councillor when he left Henley Residents’ Group in November with four colleagues, blaming “serious conflict” within the party.
In February he and then mayor Martin Akehurst joined the Tories.
Cllr Nimmo Smith announced at a branch meeting that he would be standing down immediately as his council responsibilities were not giving him sufficient time to fully carry out the role.
Mr Hinke, who lives in Elizabeth Road with his wife Virginia and three children, was proposed and elected to become interim chairman until ratification or by election at the annual meeting next year.
In a letter to members, he said: “I feel very honoured to be elected to this position and would first and foremost like to thank David for the outstanding contribution he has made towards this committee. I am sure that contribution will continue going forward.
“I would like to involve more non-councillors on this committee and also send more information to you, our members, about what this committee and your Conservative councillors are achieving for our town and party.
“Also, as you are all the eyes and ears of the town, you can help bring information back to this committee and our councillors regarding any issues or concerns you may have.”