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Council Honours Former Leader
Cotswold District Council has conferred the title of Honorary Alderman on Mrs Julie Girling, a former Leader of the Council who is currently an MEP.
The 11th May meeting of the Cotswold District Council paid tribute to former Leader Mrs Julie Girling MEP. At a Special Council meeting, members voted unanimously to appoint her as an Honorary Alderman in recognition of the “eminent service rendered by her to the Council and the community over many years.” She was presented with her Alderman's chain by outgoing Council Chairman Councillor Ben Jeffrey.
Mrs Girling joined the Council in May 1999, and represented the Campden-Vale ward. She served on all of the Council's Committees, and became Leader of the Council in May 2003, a position that she held until May 2006. She also served as a County Councillor for the North Cotswold Division, and was the Lead Cabinet Member for Environment and Community. She subsequently resigned from local politics to launch a successful bid for an MEP post in the June 2009 European Parliamentary Elections, and is now one of the representatives serving the South West Region.
During her time at the helm of Cotswold District Council, Mrs Girling introduced Cabinet governance arrangements and oversaw the completion of the new Cotswold Leisure Centre and Bourton Leisure Centre projects and the refurbishment of the Corinium Museum.
Council leader, Lynden Stowe, said: "Julie Girling's achievements are self evident. She has been an inspiration to women involved in politics and she fully deserves this accolade. It's also great to know that we have an MEP in Brussels who has the interests of the Cotswolds at heart."
Mrs Girling expressed her gratitude to the Council and commented: "This is a great honour for me – and it's been wonderful coming back to Trinity Road and hearing about all the progress the Council has made since my departure. It's good to know that it is in good hands and moving forward with a change programme geared towards improvement and value for money in such a trying period for the public sector."
: 13/05/2010 11:27:35
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