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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

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George resigns from Executive

GEORGE Clements has stood down from Copeland Council’s Executive committee.

By Andrew Clarke

Coun Clements announced his decision this week to step away from the Executive immediately as he will not be standing for re-election to the council next May.

A former mayor, Coun Clements has been a member of the Executive since 1999, latterly holding the portfolio for housing.

Council leader Elaine Woodburn joked that “contrary to what is being reported on social media”, Coun Clements “is not being sacked!”.

She added: “George told me six months ago that he was standing down from the Executive and even though I respect his decision I was saddened as we have worked together since he became an Executive member back in 1999.

“Throughout that time he has held many portfolios but his heart was always in housing and, under his leadership, we have continually improved our strategic housing responsibility, helped people remain in their homes through the provision of disabled facility grants, allowed people to retain their homes through support and importantly led on the provision of housing for young people.

“He has much to be proud of and will be a big miss to the Executive and myself personally.

“The people of Copeland have a lot of thank him for.”

Geoff Garrity has been confirmed as a new addition to the Executive and will hold the community planning portfolio previously held by Coun Clements.

A councillor for Hensingham, Coun Garrity ended his year as Copeland’s mayor this week.

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