Torridge Conservative leader stands down

Councillor Barry Parsons stood down from his role of leader of the Torridge and West Devon Conservat

Councillor Barry Parsons stood down from his role of leader of the Torridge and West Devon Conservatives Group. - Credit: Archant

Councillor Barry Parsons resigns from the role of leader as his deputy steps up to the mark.

Torridge and West Devon MP Geoffrey Cox.

Torridge and West Devon MP Geoffrey Cox. - Credit: Archant

THE Torridge and West Devon Conservatives group has elected a new leader after Councillor Barry Parsons announced he was standing down.

Councillor Roger Johnson, who was the deputy leader and is also the deputy leader at Torridge District Council, will take over the role. Councillor Rosemary Lock was appointed deputy leader.

Councillor Parsons, who is a Torridge District Councillor and portfolio holder for performance and community engagement for Devon County Council, said he felt his actions were ‘quite timely’.

He said: “The Conservative members have known for some months that I believe in ‘the refreshing of leadership’ and also that it was always my intention to step down within three years.

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“I believe very strongly that others should be given the maximum opportunity to express their own ideas at the highest level available to them and the timing of my resignation offers much in the way of opportunity to effect change.

“With up and coming elections, and not too far down the line a new council, it is important for a leader to have the necessary preparation time.”

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Cllrs Parsons said his new role on the cabinet of the county council offered him much to ‘get his teeth into’.

“Torridge moving forward, be assured though, will continue to be one of my highest priorities.

“These are especially challenging times and we all need to share as equally as possible the associated responses and work together in whole variety of different partnerships.”

Cllr Parsons said Cllr Johnson and Cllr Lock had his full support and he was confident they would ‘look after the group especially well’.

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