Opposition leader Cllr Hall needs to step down

The council works much better when the opposition works as a critical friend, assisting the administration whenever possible and suggesting healthy alternatives whenever necessary.
In Harrow, the performance of the opposition Tory group,  enjoying over £250,000 public money in allowances per year, is very weak under Cllr Hall’s leadership, leading to inadequate challenge regarding such basic matters as the borough cleanliness, increased fly tipping, and the waste collection and disposal.
Also, as Cllr Hall appears to have no confidence in the chief executive since his return to the post that was “unilaterally and wrongly” deleted by her short-lived administration which forced the chief executive Michael Lockwood to go, it is difficult for the Tory group to play a positive role in providing good services to the residents.
SH D2Therefore, it is quite understandable that the Tory group members wish to use their voice to make an impact and expect a real sense of direction to show and demonstrate strength to voters (Tory group lost the councils in 2010 and 2014 as well as two by-elections in between, under Cllr Hall’s leadership) and Cllr Hall now leads a highly divided group where 42.31% members of her group did not vote for her at the recent leadership election.
Furthermore, Cllr Hall is under police investigation.
The outcome of all this is that Harrow council Tory opposition is almost in hibernation for months (the last press release by the group was in February 2016, according to its web blog), effectively leaving the council administration unchecked.
It would be professionally sound for Cllr Hall to step down to give her group a chance of being an effective opposition as well as winning the council.