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Four political groups to run Stroud District Council for another year

A cross-party administration has been elected to run Stroud District Council for another year.

The council will continue to be run by councillors from four political groups, following its annual meeting.

Council leader Catherine Braun (Green) and deputy leader Natalie Bennett (Independent Left) will continue in their respective posts for the forthcoming civic year, joined by leader of the Community Independents Robin Drury-Layfield and Liberal Democrat leader Ken Tucker, with the four political groups forming the alliance which runs Stroud District Council.

All members were formally elected to committees and external organisations at the annual meeting of the council on Thursday. Councillors also welcomed the newest member, Cllr Gary Luff (Green), who was elected just the previous day to represent the Painswick & Upton ward.

Cllr Braun said after the meeting: "As an administration, we are focused on serving local residents and businesses, and working to create a fairer, greener district, as set out in our Council Plan."

Cllr Bennett added: "The three main Council Plan priorities of Environment and Climate Change, Community Resilience and Wellbeing, and Economy, Recovery and Regeneration underpin everything we do as a council and I am looking forward to achieving more of our priorities and objectives which will benefit every resident and business in our district."

Doina Cornell is the new chair of council, taking over from Cllr Steve Robinson who has served as chair for two years. Norman Kay was elected to continue in the role of vice chair.

All Stroud District Council seats will be up for election on May 2, 2024.

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