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Hampshire County Council leader Cllr Keith Mans announces resignation in May

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THE leader of Hampshire County Council, Brockenhurst's Cllr Keith Mans, has announced his resignation.

At a meeting in Winchester today (Thursday), Cllr Mans informed members he will be leaving his post in a few months’ time, writes David George of the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

Hampshire County Council leader Keith Mans (Credit: Hampshire County Council.) (52953367)
Hampshire County Council leader Keith Mans (Credit: Hampshire County Council.) (52953367)

Cllr Mans, who appeared emotional as he made the announcement, said: "I intend to stand down as the leader of Hampshire County Council on Thursday 19th May.

"My decision follows last year’s successful county elections and having guided Hampshire through the Covid-19 crisis, which I hope is increasingly behind us.

"By stepping down my successor can take forward the opportunities presented.

"I will continue to represent the Brockenhurst division until the next election in 2025, as well as being able to spend more time with my children and grandchildren and celebrate our golden wedding anniversary in August."

Cllr Mans became leader when he replaced fellow Conservative Cllr Roy Perry in 2019.

He had been an MP for Wyre in Lancashire between 1987 and 1997. He had previously served as an RAF officer and then became a senior executive with the John Lewis Group.

Cllr Mans added: "Hampshire County Council has been by far the best organisation I have worked for in my life, with considerate councillors from all parties.

"They underpin a wider community that contributes so much to the quality of life in our county.

"This has all made my time as leader such an enjoyable one."

Cllr Mans’ announcement was followed by applause from all in the council chamber.

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