Harrow Conservatives have appointed a new deputy leader following this year’s borough elections.

The group selected Cllr Marilyn Ashton, who was nominated unopposed, to work alongside leader Paul Osborn.

Barry Macleod-Cullinane stepped down from the position following his unsuccessful bid for re-election in the Harrow-on-the-Hill ward on May 3.

Cllr Ashton, who has represented Stanmore Park for 19 years, said: “I am excited to take up the position of deputy leader and bring my experience and expertise to the role.

“Through my time as shadow portfolio holder for environment and portfolio holder for planning I know how the council can make a real difference to the lives of the residents of Harrow.

“I look forward to working more closely with Paul, who is doing a great job as leader, and make sure we continue to provide strong opposition to this Labour council.

“I am passionate about working for the people of Harrow and the hard work is just getting started.”

Cllr Osborn welcomed Cllr Ashton’s appointment and said her “drive and experience” would help the Conservatives hold Harrow’s Labour administration to account.

He also paid tribute to Mr Macleod-Cullinane, who had held the position of deputy leader for the past eight years.