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Councillor resigns from Rutland County Council

Rutland county councillor Andrew Stewart has announced that he is resigning as the representative for Cottesmore due to health reasons.

Coun Stewart has served the council as a ward member for Cottesmore since his election in May 2015. Following his resignation, a notice of vacancy for Cottesmore will be posted in due course and arrangements put in place for a potential by-election, should the ward vacancy be contested.

Separate to this, Coun Nick Begy is stepping down from cabinet due to increased work commitments outside of the council. Both changes take place with immediate effect.

Coun Begy was appointed as deputy leader and a member of the council’s cabinet in February 2018. Although stepping down from both of these roles, Coun Begy will remain as ward member for Greetham and continue to represent the interests of his constituents.

Coun Begy said: “It has been an honour and a privilege to serve Rutland as a cabinet member and as deputy leader of the council. Increased work commitments outside of the council mean I can no longer give the time and focus required to fulfil these important obligations. As a result it is only right that I step down. I am extremely proud to have had the chance to represent not just my ward but also the county of Rutland as a whole. I will remain keenly involved in council business as a ward member and know that my fellow cabinet members will continue working hard to deliver for residents.”

Council leader Oliver Hemsley said: “I would like to thank Coun Stewart for his hard work and dedication as a ward member for Cottesmore and wish him all the very best following his decision to step down. I would also like to place on record my sincerest thanks to Coun Begy for his advice and support as deputy leader. Coun Begy has also played a vital role in leading the development and delivery of some of our most important services in his capacity as a portfolio holder – working closely with officers, partners and residents in key areas like highways and transport.

“Going forward, I am appointing Coun Brown as deputy leader of the council. Councillor Brown will be taking up the portfolio for planning policy and planning operations in addition to his existing cabinet commitments. Councillor Lucy Stephenson will be newly appointed as portfolio holder for culture, leisure highways and transport and will be stepping down as chairman of the scrutiny commission and adults and health scrutiny panel as a result. Councillor Gary Conde will become the new chairman of the adults and health scrutiny panel. Scrutiny commission, made up of the three chairs of scrutiny panels, will elect a new chair at its next meeting in August. All council business will continue as normal, reflecting these changes.”

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