By: Pits ‘n’ Pots Reporter
Audio interview with Kieran now online:
Stoke-on-Trent Liberal Democrats are moving in to a new era of leadership today.
The Liberal Democrat councillors have selected a new leadership team to lead them when the City Council’s new governance arrangements take effect in June.
The new leader will be Councillor Kieran Clarke (pictured) and the deputy leader Councillor Dr Zulfiqar Ali who will officially take up their new duties on 1st June 2009.Ã‚ Between now and June 1 they will prepare for the transition to the new way the City Council will be run.
Leader designate Kieran Clarke says “This is a new team for a new era in our City. We look forward to working with all other groups and councillors on the council for the benefit of all our citizens. We really do need to put Stoke-on-Trent first and politics second!Ã‚ Ã‚ Major changes have taken place over the past two years and we hope that the firm groundwork already in place will provide a springboard for the future.”
Dr Zulfiqar Ali also stated “With regeneration in our City now under way we have a once in a lifetime chance to grasp the opportunity to drive our City forward.”
Councillor Clarke also paid tribute to the outgoing Liberal Democrat leadership team of Councillors Jean Bowers and Paul Billington for their hard work and leadership over the past 5 years.
Tony Walley met with Councillor Clarke this afternoon, click on the audio player below to hear our exclusive interview[audio:http://www.pitsnpots.co.uk/audio/0409/kieran-clarke-leader.mp3]