Council leader to resign

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Cllr Wesley Fitzgerald has announced his intention to resign as Leader of Cheshire East Council at the end of April this year.

Cllr Fitzgerald has been a councillor in local government for sixteen years, twelve of those with Macclesfield Borough Council and four as leader of Cheshire East Council, the third largest unitary authority in the Northwest.

He said "I have announced my decision to stand down as group leader of the conservative party, and as Leader of Cheshire East Council.

"In 2008 when I was elected to the council in its shadow form, I decided that I would bid for the Leadership position and was successful. My plan then was to lead the Council for the 3 year period that would have taken me up to the elections in May 2011. After persuasion in May 2011, I decided to continue the Leadership for a further year

"I believe that I have now achieved what I set out to and it is time for me to stand aside. Leading a large and maturing authority is a huge responsibility and it is one that I have enjoyed immensely, but it is a full time job. Most people retire at 65 – I didn't and in fact have gone almost a decade further in full time work.

 

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