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Leader of the Council Steps Down

Published on Wednesday, 25th March 2020

Conservative Leader David Humphreys has stepped down as Leader of North Warwickshire Borough Council this week after five years in the role.

Councillor Humphreys will now step down into the role as deputy Leader and Councillor David Wright steps up as the Leader of the Council with immediate effect.

Speaking of his decision Cllr Humphreys said;

 

"I have been a councillor since 2010 and enjoyed every minute, I believe I have made a great contribution both locally within my ward and the council in general. Having been leader for the last 5 years, during this time I have advanced the cause of North Warwickshire within every level of local and central government. This is evidenced by the budget declaration for the A5 upgrade as well as the Local Development Plan which is in the final stage of Inspector approval, which will set the direction of North Warwickshire for the next 20 years.

Last year unfortunately I was seriously ill and had to take a back step for several months, fortunately I have made a full recovery but having witnessed how debilitating my illness could have been I feel very lucky to have come through it as I have done.

That said, I know I am not as robust as I once was, but do feel I am able to continue to contribute to North Warwickshire Borough Council in the future. As a result I have decided to step back from the role of Leader but will be continuing to serve as deputy leader for the foreseeable future. There is still much work to be done to to continue with enhancing the health and general well being of our community.

I am pleased that Councillor David Wright will now take on the responsibility as Leader of NWBC. He has a wealth of experience having been deputy leader and chair of resources, as well as previously serving as a District and County Councillor in Rugby. I am sure the Borough is in safe hands especially at this very trying time with COVID19 and the demands this will bring to the council, officers and its members.Once again it has been a great pleasure to have served this community over the past 10 years and as its leader for the past 5 years and I hope to have the health and wellbeing to be able to continue to serve in the future."

Of his new appointment the Leader of the Council, Cllr David Wright said;

"I would like to thank David Humphreys for 5 years as leader during which time he has delivered a great deal for North Warwickshire, securing us a seat in the LEP board and been a loud voice for the borough which has meant we have punched above our weight. He will be a hard act to follow but I will give my all and serve the borough the best I can. "