York Lib Dem's announce all female leadership team
3:26pm 17th May 2011
York’s Liberal Democrat Council Group have become the first in the city to have an all female leadership team, after Councillor Carol Runciman was selected to lead the party, with Councillor Ann Reid as Deputy Leader.
Councillor Runciman, who was Deputy Leader of City of York Council from 2008 to 2011, was selected to take over from Andrew Waller at a meeting last night.
Councillor Reid will take over as Deputy Leader of the Group, having previously served as Executive Member for Neighbourhood Services.
Councillor Runciman said she was pleased to have been selected as leader and would be keeping a close eye on the new Labour administration.
“There is no doubt that we find ourselves in a very different position after the recent election but we are a very experienced team. We will ensure we hit the ground running and put pressure on Labour to their promises to the residents of York.”
“The Liberal Democrat administration left Labour with a balanced budget that ensured investment was in place for vital services and meant that no libraries, swimming pools or youth centres needed to be closed.”
“I will be making sure that we closely scrutinise everything Labour do in order to ensure they continue to deliver the high quality services that York residents have come to expect.”
Councillor Runciman added:
“During our eight years running the council we made a very positive impact on the city and have a lot to be proud of. We delivered excellent services at a low cost to residents and transformed the city into a better place to live.” Councillor Runciman said, “Labour have promised the residents of York many things in the run up to the election. It is now up to them to ensure they deliver on those promises. If they do not we will be sure to hold them to account.”
PICTURE BELOW: Carol Runciman
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