New Conservative leader announced for Waveney District Council

Mark Bee has been elected as the leader of the Waveney Conservative Group. Picture: Archant.

Mark Bee has been elected as the leader of the Waveney Conservative Group. Picture: Archant. - Credit: Ashley Pickering

Mark Bee has been elected as the new Conservative leader on Waveney District Council (WDC).

He will take over from Colin Law who has held the post for six years.

Speaking after the Waveney Conservative Group's AGM, where the vote took place, Mr Bee said: 'It is a great honour and privilege to lead the Conservatives on Waveney District Council, a role I previously held for seven years.

'It is very much a different council to the one which we took control of in 2004. Colin Law has done a cracking job in steering the council through some difficult times and achieving the merger with Suffolk Coastal District Council. I will take this project forward mindful that we must ensure that the best interests of the people of Waveney, as well as the rest of East Suffolk, must be at the heart of this project which will make us the largest district council in England but also save thousands of pounds a year.'

Mr Bee is currently chairman of WDC and also Suffolk county councillor for Beccles.


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The new deputy leader will be Steve Ardley who succeeds David Ritchie, who has held the post for two years.

The Annual Council Meeting next Wednesday, May 17, will appoint the new leader and deputy leader as well as all other cabinet and committee places.

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