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Deputy leader of Rutland County Council Gordon Brown steps down from his position for health reasons but he will continue his role as ward councillor for Ketton

The deputy leader of Rutland County Council has announced that he is stepping down from the position for health reasons.

Councillor Gordon Brown (Con) is also giving up his role as portfolio holder for planning and finance.

He will continue as a councillor representing the Ketton ward.

Gordon Brown
Gordon Brown

Council leader Oliver Hemsley (Con) said: “It is with regret that Councillor Brown has taken this decision, but his health must take precedence.

"He is a highly committed councillor who has achieved a significant amount for Rutland. He is held in the highest regard for his hard work and dedication and in the warmest of affection by members and officers alike.”

Coun Hemsley will be taking over responsibility for the council’s planning portfolio and Karen Payne will join the cabinet from February 24.

It has not yet been decided who will be appointed deputy leader and portfolio holder for finance.

Coun Hemsley added: “We will be welcoming Karen Payne to cabinet and look forward to Councillor Brown’s continued involvement in council business through membership of a number of committees.

“I would like to add my personal thanks to Gordon for his dedication and support as my deputy he has ensured that Rutland is respected at the highest levels of surrounding authorities and government.”

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