New leader for Conservative group in Chorley

Coun Paul Leadbetter
Coun Paul Leadbetter

The Conservative group on Chorley Council have appointed a new leader.

Coun Paul Leadbetter was selected to take the helm at a meeting held last Monday.

He had been the deputy leader.

Coun Leadbetter has represented Chisnall ward since 2011, which includes Charnock Richard, Heskin and Coppull West.

He said: “I would like to thank my Conservative colleagues in the group for giving me their support. I am honoured to have been given this position of responsibility and I will endeavour to serve both the town and party to the best of my ability.

“In becoming the opposition group leader it is important we hold the Labour administration to account on polices that fail residents and offer an alternative. However I equally recognise that we must work with them on matters we have in common.”

Leadership of the group became available when Coun Mark Perks decided to stand down after having several strokes last month.

He will continue as a councillor, representing Astley and Buckshaw on Chorley Council and Chorley North on Lancashire County Council.

Coun Leadbetter said: “I enjoyed working with Coun Perks as his deputy and recognise that his decision to step aside will not have been taken lightly. It is important that Mark takes time to recover and our group, along with the whole council, wish Mark well.”

Coun Greg Morgan was appointed as deputy leader.