Robert Gould Elected As New Leader Of Dorset County Council
10:29am 3rd December 2014
(Updated 12:43pm 3rd December 2014)
New leadership has been put in place at Dorset County Council after its former leader stepped down ahead of his trial.
Robert Gould has been elected to the position with 25 votes in favour and 10 against.
He'll be supported by the council's new deputy leader Peter Finney who received unanimous support and they'll be reviewing the council's portfolio in the next few weeks.
Cllr Gould is the Conservative county councillor for the Sherborne division. He is the current deputy Leader and Cabinet member for corporate resources. He is also Leader of West Dorset District Council.
Cllr Finney who represents the West Moors and Holt division is the county’s Cabinet member environment and economy.
Cllr Gould said:
“It was essential for the council to act quickly to deal with this issue and it is a great privilege to take up the role. I intend to continue in the clear direction we have established for our important work to help boost the economy of the county and promote the health and wellbeing of Dorset residents.
“I will be considering the make-up of the Cabinet to ensure we have a strong leadership team for the vital work of transforming services at a time of unprecedented budget reductions.”
You can hear his full interview with Wessex FM HERE:
Former leader Councillor Spencer Flower is facing three charges under the Localism Act of failing to declare his interest in a property company.
The 72-year-old has pleaded not guilty and is due to appear again before Bournemouth Magistrates on the 24th April next year.