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B&NES Tories elect new leader

THE Conservatives on Bath & NE Somerset Council (B&NES) have a new leader. He is Councillor Vic Pritchard, ward member for Chew Valley and a councillor for 34 years (pictured).

He was elected unanimously, as was Coun. Karen Warrington, the group’s new deputy leader. She is also a Chew Valley ward member.

When the Conservative group was last in control of B&NES Council, Coun Pritchard served as Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, and he currently chairs the council’s Children, Adults, Health and Wellbeing Policy Development and Scrutiny Panel.

Coun. Pritchard said: ‘So far this year we have successfully forced the Liberal Democrat administration to re-think a number of their policies – namely, to charge people to recycle rubbish at the tip, to completely restrict access to Bath city centre, and to introduce controversial Active Travel schemes on which proper public consultation had not taken place.

‘Under my leadership we will continue to be a strong opposition, holding the administration to account and ensuring the pursuit of their policies does not come at the expense of residents and businesses in Bath and North East Somerset.”

Coun. Warrington has served on the council for the past six years and has previously held the post of Cabinet Member for Transformation. She currently sits on the council’s Corporate Policy Development Scrutiny Panel and Employee Committee Panel.

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