24 May 2018
At the District Council, Rachel Eburne has taken over the leadership of the group of six councillors, becoming official opposition leader after seven years as Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
“Andrew Stringer has been central in establishing the Green Party as an influential presence in Mid Suffolk and I look forward to building on his work. Effective opposition is vital to the democratic process, especially in a District where one party has a large majority. While I will miss no longer being Chair of the Scrutiny Committee I believe I can bring much of what I learned in this role to the broader scrutiny of the work of the administration.”
Andrew Stringer has been chosen to lead the Liberal Democrat, Green and Independent group of 12 Suffolk County Councillors, newly formed a year ago and already making an impact at the Conservative-run council.
“I have had 12 years as leader of a Green and Independent group in Mid Suffolk and I know that Rachel will do an excellent job as leader. She has been an exemplary chair of Scrutiny with all sides recognising her skills and knowledge. I leave the leadership of this district group to concentrate my efforts on the cross party County group I now lead until May 2019, safe in the knowledge the district Green Group will hold the administration to account”
The local Green Party is also delighted to see that member Linda Baxter has been inaugurated as the first-ever Green mayor of Stowmarket.
“I joined the Stowmarket Town Council as one of three Green Councillors in 2015. In 2017 I was voted as Deputy Mayor and this year in May I became Mayor. This is a great honour and privilege to represent Stowmarket and I am looking forward to being invited to different events and groups in this town and help to promote them.”
On almost the same day, Councillor Elfrede Brambley Crawshaw became mayor of Beccles, both she and Linda following in the footsteps of the very first Green mayor in Suffolk, Julia Wakelam in St.Edmundsbury, who served in 2016/17.
Meetings & Events
At Andy & Liz Mellen's smallholding, rear of
20 South View, Wyverstone, Stowmarket IP14 4SP
- Mid Suffolk meetings generally held at Cafe 52, Crowe Street, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1DL
- Meetings occasionally held in Woolpit, Eye, Stowupland and Needham Market.
All Members and well-wishers welcome.