The leader of Greenwich Conservatives, Nigel Fletcher, has announced his new Opposition team tasked with holding the authority’s Labour administration to account at Town Hall.

Cllr Fletcher was formally confirmed as the new leader of the Opposition at Greenwich Council’s annual meeting Wednesday, with Charlie Davis his deputy.

Cllr Geoff Brighty continues as Chief Whip of the Opposition.

The nine-strong Conservative group will have also named their spokesmen for the full range of council services and functions.

It will see Cllr Fletcher take specific responsibility as spokesperson for culture, leisure and central services.

Deputy leader Davis becomes spokesperson for safer communities and regeneration, while Geoff Brighty takes on a new brief as business and enterprise spokesman.

Former leader Matt Hartley becomes spokesperson for finance and anti-poverty, Pat Greenwell continues as spokesperson for children’s services, while taking on the additional brief of public realm, and Cllr Matt Clare continues as spokesperson for transport and environment, adding climate change to his portfolio.

Chairman of Greenwich Conservatives, Roger Tester, remains lead spokesperson for health and social care, whilst past leader Spencer Drury continues as spokesperson for housing.

John Hills, himself an Army veteran, takes on a new role as spokesperson for armed forces and veterans.

“I’m excited to begin work as Leader of the Opposition, and we’re lucky that Greenwich Conservatives has such a strong team to face Labour at the Town Hall. I want to continue the constructive approach we’ve taken locally in recent years, whilst holding the Council leadership to account when they let residents down,” new leader Cllr Fletcher said of the changes.

“As well as the party politics, we are also the official Opposition Group on the Council, and will continue to take that vital constitutional role seriously, as we promised at the last election. That means challenging the Administration by providing effective scrutiny, and giving a strong voice to many other groups and residents, however they voted.”