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Durham council leader given national Labour role
A NORTH-East council chief has been elected leader of a national Labour group.
Councillor Simon Henig, leader of Durham County Council, will become the first elected chair of the newly created Association of Labour Councillors (ALC).
The ALC has been established to make Labour councillors’ views known to the party’s leaders.
Coun Henig, who represents the Chester-le-Street West Central ward, said: “The ALC executive will meet throughout the year and help shape Labour’s work in delivering Labour values locally through strong and active local government.
“The issues raised at the first meeting included the vital work councillors do across the country, the difficulties facing councils forced to implement the cuts being passed on because of the Tory-led Government’s economic failure and how councillors can play a more active role within the Labour Party.”