Aled Roberts to stand down as Wrexham Council leader following election as AM

2011 Mai 17 9:38 AM
Aled Roberts, the newly elected Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for North Wales, has announced that he will stand down as Leader of Wrexham Council following his election.

John Dixon, the newly elected AM for South Wales Central is also to relinquish his role as Executive Member for Health, Social Care and Wellbeing on Cardiff Council.

Both will remain as backbench councillors for the remainder of their term until May 2012.

Aled Roberts, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for North Wales, said:

"I made it clear before the election that I would not seek to remain as Leader of Wrexham Council if elected to serve North Wales in the Assembly. The people of North Wales deserve a dedicated voice at the Assembly and that is what I shall be."

John Dixon, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales Central, said:

"Whilst being an executive member is not necessarily a full time role, I don't believe I could do justice to my new job as Assembly Member whilst retaining this responsibility for social care in Cardiff. I am determined to be a strong voice for all the people of South Wales Central, representing communities in Rhondda, the Vale of Glamorgan, the Cynon Valley, Pontypridd as well as Cardiff."

ENDS

Notes to editors:

Aled Roberts will remain Leader of Wrexham Council until Wednesday 18th May when a successor will be elected by councillors.

  1. John Dixon will remain as Executive Member for Health, Social Care and Wellbeing until 19th May when a successor will be announced.

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