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New leader is elected by Labour group

PUBLISHED: 10:32 03 June 2008 | UPDATED: 07:26 01 August 2010

THE opposition Labour group at Waveney District Council has elected a new leader following last month's local elections.

Lowestoft councillor Malcolm Cherry takes over from Sally Spore, who decided to step down from the council before the May 1 polls.

The opposition Labour group at Waveney District Council has elected a new leader following last month's local elections.

Lowestoft councillor Malcolm Cherry takes over from Sally Spore, who decided to step down from the council before the May 1 polls. The group also has a new deputy, with Nick Webb taking over from John Shanahan.

Mr Cherry, who praised Mrs Spore for her efforts, said: "It is important now that we become more forward-thinking, work hard in our wards and listen to those who elected us to represent them.

"We need to once again rebuild the trust we once had with all the people of Waveney and strengthen the support we already have."

Meanwhile, the ruling Conserva-tive group has re-elected Mark Bee as its leader, with Colin Law taking over from Wendy Mawer as deputy.

Mr Bee, who has put together his new cabinet, said: "Chief executive Stephen Baker is making the right changes at management level and it is my responsibility to get an able team of councillors in place to work closely with the senior management team and improve services."

The Liberal Democrats are now led by Andrew Shepherd following the departure of David Young, while George Hawes will remain as Waveney District Council's chairman for another year. Alan Duce will remain as his deputy.

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