Conservative leader steps down

THE head of North Devon Council has stepped down as leader of the majority Conservative group. Councillor Mike Harrison told North Devon Conservative Association members on Friday of his decision and today (Monday) they unanimously elected his deputy, Cll

THE head of North Devon Council has stepped down as leader of the majority Conservative group.Councillor Mike Harrison told North Devon Conservative Association members on Friday of his decision and today (Monday) they unanimously elected his deputy, Cllr Des Brailey, as the new leader and Mr Harrison as deputy.However, he will remain leader of North Devon Council until the Annual Full Council Meeting on April 7, when the leadership will be decided by a vote of all 43 district councillors, of which the Conservatives have 23.Mr Harrison told fellow party members he was stepping down for personal reasons, to be able to spend more time with his wife Sylvia, who underwent major heart surgery last year.Des Brailey said the decision to "swap roles" had been a very amicable one:"The group is sorry he has decided to stand down," he said."But this way we will carry on working as the good team we have been and gain continuity.


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