Labour Councillors have elected a new Deputy Leader in North Warwickshire, following the decision of longstanding Councillor, Ray Sweet, to stand down from the role.

Councillor Jacky Chambers, first elected as Borough  Councillor in 2015 for Dordon ward , has now taken over the role following a vote by Labour Councillors earlier this year.

Jacky has lived in North Warwickshire for 35 years. Before she retired, she had a long and distinguished career as a public health doctor , working for both the NHS and Local Government .She was awarded an OBE in 2008 for services to public health in Birmingham and nationally.

Cllr Chambers said;

“I’m delighted to be taking on this role. It’s an important year for North Warwickshire and for the Labour Party locally. With only one year to go until the next elections, we will be working hard to get Labour back in control, as well as holding the Tories to account for their term in office.

“Our campaign will set out a different vision for the future of our Borough and offer realistic and positive alternatives . In the summer, we will also be announcing some fantastic new candidates who will campaign hard to bring about a change in the political leadership of this Council.”

Retiring Deputy Leader, Cllr Ray Sweet said;

“I’ve served as Deputy Leader of the Labour Group, this time round, for 7 years. It’s been a huge honour and I want to take this opportunity to thank again the residents of Baddesley and Grendon, without whom, I would not be here.

“As I enter my 58thyear as a Councillor, I feel the time is right to hand over to the next generation and I have no doubt that Jacky will make an excellent Deputy Leader and help us take back control of the Council next May.

“I will continue to do all I can to help support my local residents in Baddesley and Grendon as their Borough Councillor.”

Labour Group Leader, Cllr Adam Farrell said;

“I’m delighted to welcome Jacky to this role. She’s been a first class Councillor over the last three years and I’ve no doubt that she will be an excellent Deputy Leader, helping Labour take back control of the Council next May.

“I want to pay tribute to Ray Sweet, who is very simply put; a great, honest, hardworking Councillor, who is in politics for all the right reasons. He’s gave up nearly 6 decades of his life to public service and his experience and knowledge of the Council is something I am sure he will continue to share in his role as a Borough Councillor.”

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