Breaking news – Changing of the Guard at East Devon District Council – Two women now hold the Chair and Vice-Chair, surely this must be a first and represents real change

In an uncontested election.

Cllr. Dr Cathy Gardner has been elected as the new Chair of EDDC by 38 votes with 5 abstentions

(Proposed by Cllr. Paul Arnott and seconded by Cllr. Eileen Wragg)

In another uncontested election.

Cllr. Val Ranger has been elected to continue in the role of Vice – Chairman by 39 with 4 abstentions

(Proposed by Cllr Tony Woodward and seconded by Cllr Luke Jeffrey)

13 councillors sent in their apologies including Cllrs Moulding, Hughes and Tom Wright, from the tally of numbers another 3 did not attend including Cllr. Ben Ingham. (Mostly Conservatives)

The whole meeting was, as Owl hoped it would be, conducted with respect and dignity.

Dr. Cathy Gardner said in her acceptance speech that she would uphold the Nolan principles.

In complete contrast to the shambles of the previous extraordinary meetings this meeting lasted barely 25 minutes a fitting prelude to the the business approach shown by our new Chairman and Vice Chairman.

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