Cotswold District Council Conservatives announce new leader

THE Conservative group at Cotswold District Council (CDC) have announced Cllr Tony Berry as their new leader, following the resignation of Cllr Richard Morgan.

Cllr Sue Jepson will remain as deputy leader.

The change comes 18 months ahead of the next set of CDC elections which are due to take place in May 2023.

Cllr Berry was briefly leader of Cotswold District Council before the 2019 local elections which saw the Liberal Democrats take control of the council.

Cllr Berry said: “I am delighted to be back as leader of the Conservative Group.

“I was only leader of the council for eight months, so I feel I have unfinished business.

“Sue Jepson and I are keen and determined to offer residents a fresh and credible alternative at the next election.”

Deputy leader Cllr Sue Jepson said: “I am absolutely delighted that Cllr Berry is the new leader of the Conservative group, and I will be doing everything I can working with him in my role as deputy leader.”

The announcement comes after Cllr Richard Morgan resigned as CDC Conservative group leader last month to enable him to fully concentrate on his business.

Cllr Richard Morgan said: “I congratulate Cllr Berry on his new position, and I am looking forward to supporting him as much as possible.”.

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