As exclusively predicted last month by Barnet Council Watch, sources have disclosed that Alison Cornelius, wife of Cllr Richard Cornelius, was selected last night to fight the ultra safe Conservative seat of Totteridge at the by-election to be held on June 4th.
Cllr Lynne Hillan, who hopes to take over from Mike Freer when he steps down as leader of the council later this year, had previously feared Alison’s selection as this would have meant another vote for Richard who was planning on challenging her for the top job, despite only having been a councillor himself for
But following his election two weeks ago as the new Chairman of Chipping Barnet Conservative Association, Richard clearly does not have the time to take on any further responsibilities.
Whether Cllr Hillan will be elected leader unopposed remains to be seen. Barnet Council Watch hears that Tony “Safe Hands” Finn is being sounded out by the ABH group of councillors as a possible challenger.