Lincolnshire County Council elects new chairman

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THE new chairman of Lincolnshire County Council has pledged to champion county farming during his tenure.

Coun Robert Palmer became the 27th chairman of the county council today (Friday).

Coun Palmer (Con), who represents Louth Marsh, said: “I am very proud to have been elected as chairman and look forward to serving as an ambassador for Lincolnshire.

“My aim this year is to promote farming and the excellent food we all know and love.

“During my tour of duty, I would like to raise the profile of Lincolnshire and its agricultural background and let everyone know why we were voted Britain’s favourite food spot.”

Last September Lincolnshire beat Cornwall to win Britain’s Favourite Food Spot as part of British Food Fortnight. Lincolnshire won with 39.6% of the vote with more than 22,000 people voting.

During the year Coun Palmer will also be raising money for the Endoscopy and Urology unit at Louth Hospital, Lincolnshire Rural Support Network and a memorial for the fallen of The 10th Regiment of Foot.

Bourne Castle’s Coun Charlotte Farquharson (Con) was elected as vice-chairman.