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NEW COUNCIL LEADER FOR LEEDS

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Leeds City Council deputy leader Brian Walker is to take over the leadership from Jon Trickett after to his electio...
Leeds City Council deputy leader Brian Walker is to take over the leadership from Jon Trickett after to his election to parliament as MP for Hemsworth.

In 1982 Mr Walker became secretary of the council's ruling Labour group and from 1983-90 he chaired the planning committee, after which he took over as chair of the development services group committee. He was elected deputy leader in 1992.

Cllr Walker has been a member of the Royal Armouries steering group - a mixture of public and private sector organisations that successfully attracted the new museum, due to open in Lees next month.

Mr Walker, 62, says that the theme of his leadership will also be people-orientated. 'Education will remain, quite rightly, a very high priority, as will social services and housing. But I also want to lead a user-friendly council that listens, responds and delivers the quality of service Leeds people want - and deserve.'
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