The Conservative Group on South Lakeland District Council have selected a new Leader of the Opposition, Windermere Councillor Ben Berry. The 28 year old was chosen at a meeting in Windermere yesterday evening (10th May 2016). Recognisable by his fiery ginger hair he has represented Windermere, Applethwaite and Troutbeck since 2011. The new Leader now works with a larger Political group after recent success in Local Elections.
After being selected Ben commented saying “It is a great honour to be the Leader of the Opposition. I look forward to fighting for our residents on housing, the economy and on Council Tax. I was born in Kendal and I grew up in Windermere and I am incredibly proud to now serve the whole of this District.”
Handing over the baton of Leadership is fellow Windermere Councillor David Williams who said “I have enjoyed serving South Lakeland as Leader of the Opposition and there is no doubt in my mind that Ben will continue to stand up for our residents. Ben is a true compassionate Conservative and I look forward to working with him.”
Grange Councillor Tom Harvey joins Ben as Deputy Leader and talked about the future for the District “Ben and I are proud to be Conservatives. We look forward and we see not only challenges but opportunities, opportunities on housing for local people, on growing the economy and keeping our residents’ Council tax down.”