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And so Cllr Will Quince is to stand down as the Leader of the Colchester Conservatives. We can’t say that we’re too surprised with this one.

That *wasn’t* meant to read as a disingenuous opening sentence.

The Prettygate Cllr is the Tory PPC candidate for the Colchester constituency at the General Election in May 2015. He may have his mind elsewhere over the coming months…

If anything then we’re slightly surprised that it has taken Will so long to come to this decision. He got his GE candidacy rubber stamped at a very early stage, compared to other local constituency selection procedures.

Standing down as the Leader of the Colchester Conservatives shows that the Tories think that they have a genuine chance of landing one on the nose of Sir Bob of Sunny Colch.

POW, RIGHT IN THE KISSER.

As for a replacement?

The smart money (always money with the Blue Rinse Mob…) goes on Cllr Beverly Davies, a fellow Prettygate Cllr. She has the support of many within the party for what could be a coronation rather than a contest.

But wait! What’s this?

Cllr Sue Lissimore might also fancy her chances. What is it with this Prettygate lot?

You might remember that Cllr Lissimore also put her name forward to be the Conservative candidate in the car crash that was the Clacton by-election.

Oh to be ousted by an ex BBC sitcom star.

‘cos that one worked out well, Comrades.

And so farewell Cllr Quince.

Sorta.

He was a strong Leader for the local Conservatives, but just couldn’t quite make that breakthrough. The local elections of 2012 and 2014 showed the Tories polling strongly, but not sufficient to strangle the LibDem hold on the town.

Cllr Quince is also up for re-election in Prettygate in May 2015. It will be interesting to see if he has the balls to step down from CBC and *really* make the step up to the national level.

Disclaimer: ditto Labour’s Cllr Tim Young, who will no doubt be walking the mean streets of Clacton once again next year, as well as his St Andrew’s ward where he is up for re-election.

You take yer chances, fellas.