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Former leader Paul James standing down from Gloucester City Council cabinet

Former council leader Paul James has announced he is standing down from his role on Gloucester City Council's cabinet.

Councillor James stood down from his role as leader - one that he had held for 12 years in November 2019 - and announced that he would not stand in May's local authority elections.

And now he has announced that he has stepped back from his regeneration and economy cabinet portfolio. He will remain on the council as member for Longlevens until May.

He said: "I decided quite some time ago that I would not be seeking re-election in May and that I would gradually step back from my council responsibilities in the run up to then.

"Since standing down as leader in November, I have enjoyed spending more time with my family and will continue to do so, but I now need to devote more energy to pursuing opportunities outside the council in preparation for life after May.

"It's been an honour to serve the city and I'm very proud of what has been achieved during my time in office but I'm looking forward to this new phase in my life."

Cllr Richard Cook, Leader of Gloucester City Council said "It was always part of the plan for Paul to stay on and support me as a new leader.

"However, it is right that we give him the opportunity to further transition to life outside the council.

"We would like to thank Paul for his many years of service. Paul has undoubtedly made a massive contribution to the council and the city and he will be missed."

The cabinet portfolio of regeneration and economy will be divided between the five remaining cabinet members and will be reviewed after the elections in May.

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