New leader for Lib Dems
LIBERAL Democrats on South Gloucestershire Council have elected a new leader to replace long-standing Ruth Davis.
The Yate councillor had held the post for 13 years but she has now handed the baton over to Westerleigh councillor Claire Young, who will lead her party into the local elections in 2019.
Councillor Young paid tribute to her predecessor, describing her as “a terrific champion for local people and community causes”.
She said: “She is a great mentor and friend and I’m honoured to be following in her footsteps.”
Councillor Davis said: “Although I am stepping down as group leader, I am not going anywhere. I hope to be re-elected as councillor for Yate Central in 2019 so I can continue to stand up for local residents.”
Thornbury councillor Maggie Tyrrell is the new group deputy leader.