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Rutland county councillor for Uppingham Lucy Stephenson will become new deputy leader succeeding Gordon Brown

Rutland County Council has announced that Uppingham representative Lucy Stephenson will be the new deputy leader.

At a meeting on Monday, council leader Olive Hemsley (Con) announced the new deputy leader and new portfolio holder for finance following Coun Gordon Brown’s decision to step down as deputy council leader.

From Monday (March 1), Coun Lucy Stephenson will take over as deputy leader. She will remain portfolio holder for culture and leisure, environment, highways and transportation and road safety, a responsibility transferred to her in September 2020.

Coun Lucy Stephenson
Coun Lucy Stephenson

Coun Karen Payne will be joining cabinet from today (Wednesday, February 24) and will become portfolio holder for finance. The planning portfolio will transfer to Coun Oliver Hemsley from the same date.

At the end of January, Coun Gordon Brown announced he would be stepping down from his role in cabinet and deputy leader for health reasons. Coun Brown will step down from cabinet on March 23 and until then he will be supporting the transition of his duties. During this time he will remain responsible for the housing infrastructure fund.

Coun Hemsley said: “I am looking forward to working with Coun Stephenson and Coun Payne in their new roles as deputy leader and portfolio holder for finance.

"I thank Coun Brown for his support and dedication as my deputy, his contribution to council business will continue through his many council committee memberships.”

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