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New SDC leader Braun praises departing boss Cornell

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The new leader of Stroud District Council has heaped praise on Doina Cornell following her shock resignation

Catherine Braun was elected to the post in place of Councillor Cornell at the full council meeting yesterday evening with Natalie Bennett voted in as Deputy Leader.

“I am honoured to take on the role of leader and will work collaboratively with all parties, to deliver on our 2030 strategy for a sustainable future, and our Council Plan, for the people and businesses of the district” said Councillor Braun (Green, Wotton-under-Edge).

“I have worked closely with Councillor Cornell for many years, and I would like to pay tribute to her commitment to communities across the district, as well as her focus on cross-party working.”

Catherine Braun and Natalie Bennett | New SDC leader Braun praises departing boss Cornell
Catherine Braun and Natalie Bennett

“We are committed to working collaboratively and delivering on the Council Plan, which addresses community resilience and wellbeing; economy, recovery and regeneration; and environment and climate change,” said Councillor Bennett (Labour, Nailsworth).

doina cornell 2 | New SDC leader Braun praises departing boss Cornell
Doina Cornell.

“We as councillors are determined to work across political lines for the best of everyone in the district.”

Councillor Cornell (Community Independent, Dursley) has led the council for four-and-a-half years and will continue to serve as a member of the council.

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