Change at top for the Tories

Coun Mark Perks
Coun Mark Perks
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Chorley’s Conservative Party has had a reshuffle.

Coun Greg Morgan has stepped down as the group’s leader and has been replaced by Coun Mark Perks, but Coun Paul Leadbetter will continue to be deputy leader.

The move comes after a hectic week for the party, which moved quickly to quash claims prospective parliamentary candidate Rob Loughenbury was stepping down.

Mr Loughenbury said: “I’m unaware of where these rumours have come from.

“As far as I’m concerned, it’s business as usual and I’ll be out campaigning this week.”

Coun Morgan has been on Chorley Council since 2005 and is up for election next year.

He represents the Clayton-le-Woods and Whittle-le-Woods ward alongside councillors Eric Bell and John Walker.

Coun Morgan said: “Work is a reason why I decided to step down.

“It’s a balancing act and I felt I couldn’t give the role my full attention.

“We had a meeting and I decided to step down so Coun Perks will now lead the group.

“But I will be looking to stand next May and I want to be able to give the best effort I can during the elections.”

Coun Perks said he was “delighted” to lead his party and cannot wait to get his style across.

He has been on Chorley Council since 2002 and is also up for election next May.

He said: “I want all of the group to be involved, but I’ll be looking at policies over the next few weeks and I’ll see what is and isn’t working.

“I’ll support the Labour administration if it benefits the residents.

“I also want to introduce youth on to the council so I want to speak with all the young members.”