Councillor Mick Lerry has been elected as the new Leader of the Labour Group on Sedgemoor District Council. In a statement today the Labour group explained that this is because Cllr Kath Pearce has decided, for personal reasons, to stand down from the post of Leader which she held since the death of Cllr Roger Lavers in 2009.
Cllr Mick Lerry, recently elected as member for Bridgwater Victoria Ward, explained that this was a great disappointment to the Labour Group and that he was determined to take forward the values of Cllr Kath Pearce.
At a meeting of Sedgemoor District Labour Group on Tuesday 11th October Mick was voted in as leader unanimously by his fellow Labour Councillors .
Mick said "This is a crucial time for Bridgwater and surrounding areas as major projects are unfolding. The impact of such projects must have a positive outcome for regeneration of the Town, quality employment and growth; enhanced recreation and leisure facilities for all and affordable homes to rent and buy." He further stated that he would embrace this challenge in his new leadership role in the Labour Group.
Mick taught in a Secondary School in Bridgwater for 22 years, before becoming a lay officer for the National Union of Teachers. He is passionate about equality of opportunity for Bridgwater people. In his Union role he worked hard to develop good employee relations for teachers.
Mick understands the need for good public services to enhance peoples' lives and that is why he is part of the Labour movement.
Mick says "The current Government and Tory controlled Sedgemoor District Council are determined to run down public services while creating higher unemployment and inflation. When there is a lack of growth in the economy, communities need public services and investment."
Mick believes that Sedgemoor needs good local community services, affordable houses to buy and rent and permanent employment opportunities and Sedgemoor District Council should take responsibility and support the aspirations of the people of Bridgwater.