A Conservative finance chief has refused to deny rumours he will attempt to unseat Martin Tett as leader of Bucks County Council next week.
The annual vote held by the Tories to re-elect their leader takes place on Tuesday, and while this is usually a formality, it is understood that this year Mr Hardy plans to stand against Mr Tett.
Mr Hardy, who represents Gerrards Cross and is cabinet member for finance and resources, said that it was ‘a private matter’ when contacted by this newspaper.
Mr Tett is understood to have no plans to step down from his role, which he has held since taking over from David Shakespeare in 2011.
Mr Tett, who represents Little Chalfont and Amersham Common, said: “This is a matter for the Conservative group. Every year the leader is subject to re-election, and that will take place next Tuesday.”
Conservative county councillor Janet Blake said that Mr Hardy was planning to challenge Mr Tett at a meeting of Stewkley Parish Council last night.