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Councillor resigns following appointment to Government role

Former leader of Wiltshire Council, Baroness Jane Scott of Bybrook OBE, has resigned from her position on the council representing the Bybrook division.

Published 18 February 2020

Baroness Scott OBE has been appointed to a Government role in the House of Lords and due to this appointment she can no longer be an elected member so will step down after 25 years as a councillor, including 16 years as leader of the council.

Wiltshire Council Leader, Cllr Philip Whitehead, said: Jane has always been committed to doing her absolute best on behalf of the people and communities of Wiltshire throughout her time as both a councillor and as leader of Wiltshire Council. I would like to thank her for the brilliant work she did throughout her 25 years.

I wish Jane all the best for the future and I'm sure she will excel in her new role.

Baroness Scott said: This is a very sad day for me. It has been a great pleasure but also a huge privilege to be a Wiltshire councillor and to support the Bybrook villages over 25 years. I will miss my job but I am looking forward to my new role in Government.

A unitary by-election will take place in due course for the Bybrook division and details of that will be confirmed soon.

Queries and information relating to the division should be sent in the interim to committee@wiltshire.gov.uk.

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Published 18 February 2020