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Town hall chief is Tory first

PUBLISHED: 11:50 22 May 2008 | UPDATED: 14:50 25 August 2010

A NEW council leader is the first woman to be appointed to the top post in a Conservative-run London borough.

A NEW council leader is the first woman to be appointed to the top post in a Conservative-run London borough.

Teresa O'Neill was elected as leader of Bexley council last Wednesday, making her the only female councillor in a Conservative-controlled borough.

She takes over the post from Ian Clement who stepped down after being appointed in the role of Deputy Mayor for Government Relations for London Mayor Boris Johnson.

Ms O'Neill, a former deputy leader of the council, was first elected to the council in 1998 and represents the Brampton ward.

Gravesend secondary school teacher, Simon Windle, was also elected as the council's deputy leader and represents the Barnehurst ward.

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