New leader for Ipswich Lib Dems

IPSWICH Liberal Democrats have a new leader - the son of former Labour MP Jamie Cann.Andrew Cann, 34, was elected leader of the group on the borough council after Richard Atkins stood down because of increased business commitments.

IPSWICH Liberal Democrats have a new leader - the son of former Labour MP Jamie Cann.

Andrew Cann, 34, was elected leader of the group on the borough council after Richard Atkins stood down because of increased business commitments.

Mr Atkins, who has been leader since 2003, will remain a member of the executive and portfolio for economic development and planning.

He said: “I've been finding my work has been getting more and more heavy and I'm working until 1am or 2am on the computer - and you can't keep that on indefinitely, something had to give.”

Mr Cann was elected as borough councillor for the Westgate Ward in May. He was elected as a county councillor for the Westgate and St Margaret's division in 2005.

He said today: “Richard Atkins has given many years of selfless service to the liberal democrat group and the borough council.

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“Unfortunately Richard's considerable talents are sought in the business world as much as they are recognised by his colleagues. We all wish Richard well and thank him for his committed service as Group Leader.

“I am delighted my colleagues have backed me as leader at this challenging time. With the coming of unitary status we have a once in a life time opportunity to lay the foundations for an Ipswich that is a safer, fairer and greener town. With my colleagues I will work hard towards achieving these three goals.”

Louise Gooch was elected deputy leader of the group which is facing an all-out election for the new unitary Ipswich council next May.

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