Leader of Green group at Norwich City Council stands down
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The leader of the Green Party on Norwich City Council has stepped down after two years in the role.
Andrew Boswell said he had decided to devote more time to family, wider city and county council work, and environmental campaigning on long-term issues such as climate change.
Dr Boswell, who represents Nelson division at both City Hall and County Hall, said: 'It has been a huge privilege to lead the city Greens for the past two years at a time when local government is under huge pressure.
'The people in the group are everything, and together we have pushed the council to be more open and democratic, more environmentally responsible and more caring to residents.'
The group has picked Ash Haynes, who has represented Town Close ward on the city council since 2010, to succeed Dr Boswell as leader.
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She said: 'I'm pleased to be elected as leader of the Green group on Norwich City Council and hope I can continue Andrew's excellent work.
'I'm looking forward to campaigning for better consultations with residents in the city, for high-quality housing, and to retain essential services residents rely on.'
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Dr Boswell said: 'I'm extremely pleased Ash Haynes has been chosen to take these successes forward, and look forward to working with her.'
The group has also elected two deputy leaders, Martin Schmierer and Paul Neale. Mr Schmierer was elected this May to represent Mancroft ward, and Mr Neale has been a councillor for Town Close since 2012.
The Greens are the opposition group at City Hall. Labour control the council with 22 councillors, the Greens have 14 and the Liberal Democrats have three.