THE former leader of Croydon Council has denied claims he is set to stand down as leader of the now-opposition Tory group.
Councillor Mike Fisher refuted speculation he is prepared to step aside - little more than three months after saying he'd carry on heading the Conservatives following their May election defeat.
Mr Fisher this afternoon told the Advertiser: "There is no truth in the suggestion, I am not going anywhere.
"I was re-elected leader at the Conservative group meeting on May 24 and I am more than happy to carry on."
An article on political blog Inside Croydon this lunchtime (Tuesday) suggested Mr Fisher would step down having recently suffered a bout of ill health, to be most likely replaced by Croham councillor Maria Gatland.
But Mr Fisher, who led the council for eight years until the Tories were deposed by Labour in May, told us he "ignored" an approach from the author of the article, which was published "three hours later."