4 June, 2021

        Cllr Ash Ashbee appointed new Leader of Thanet District Council

        Councillor Ash Ashbee, Leader of the Thanet Conservative group, was elected as the Leader of Thanet District Council at a Council meeting last night (Thursday 3 June).

        Cllr Ashbee received 30 votes and Cllr Rick Everitt received 18 votes from members present at the meeting.

        This follows a 19 month Labour administration and comes after the resignation of former Labour Leader, Cllr Rick Everitt.

        The meeting was held at the Ramsgate Leisure Centre to allow for the required social distancing.

        Cllr Ashbee said: “I’m incredibly proud to be elected as Leader for Thanet District Council. As a Thanet resident for 33 years I have a great fondness for the district and I want to assure residents and business owners that I along with my group will work hard to resolve problems and look for opportunities to bring positive community and business success to the area.”

        Members of the new Cabinet were confirmed today (Friday 4 June) as follows:

        Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic DevelopmentCouncillor Reece Pugh 
        Cabinet Member for HousingCouncillor Jill Bayford 
        Cabinet Member for Environmental Services & Special ProjectsCouncillor Robert Bayford
        Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Youth EngagementCouncillor George Kup
        Cabinet Member for FinanceCouncillor David Saunders

         The first Cabinet meeting will take place on Tuesday 8 June.

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