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Rutland county councillor representing Uppingham wins prize from Women's Awards

A Rutland county councillor has received a prize from the Women’s Awards.

Coun Lucy Stephenson (Con) was named the winner in the Outstanding Female Leader in a Market Town category at the awards held on Friday last week, celebrating female excellence.

The fourth annual awards, formerly the East Midlands Women’s Awards, was held online because of the pandemic amnd was hosted by BBC Radio Leicester presenters Rupal Rajani and Dave Andrews, and the Women’s Awards founder, Sandra Pollock.

Coun Lucy Stephenson
Coun Lucy Stephenson

The awards received a total of 105 nominations and opening the event, Sandra said: “2020 will be a year that none of us will forget for many reasons. So, let us also ensure that we recognise and celebrate the good things that are happening across the East Midlands.”

Coun Stephenson, ward member for Uppingham and cabinet member responsible for culture and leisure, environment, highways, transportation and road safety, said she was delighted to be recognised.

“I have always been immensely proud to represent the people of Uppingham – the place where I live, work and raise my family,” she said.

“It’s not only a wonderful market town full of history and heritage, it is a vibrant, close-knit community where people know and support each other. It’s an honour to receive this award and I would like to dedicate it to the people of Uppingham, whom I serve.”

Rutland County Council leader Oliver Hemsley (Con) added his congratulations.

He said: “Coun Stephenson is a tremendous public servant. Far from simply representing the town of Uppingham, she is a passionate advocate for her local area and a dedicated volunteer, involved at every level of her community.

“I can think of no-one more deserving of this award and commend her for her outstanding service.”

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