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Worcestershire County Council Chairman to be appointed virtually

Councillor Peter Tomlinson, Chairman of Worcestershire County Council

The first Full Council meeting since the beginning of the nationwide lockdown will take place on Thursday 16 July 2020, and will include a handing over of the chairman’s chain to be delivered to the incoming chairman.

A new Chairman of Worcestershire County Council will be appointed virtually for the first time in the council’s history.

A vice chairman will also be appointed, replacing current Vice Chairman, Councillor Bob Brookes.

The handover was due to take place in May but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the current chairman, Councillor Peter Tomlinson remained in the position.

Councillor Peter Tomlinson, Chairman of Worcestershire County Council said “It has been a great honour to serve as Chairman of Worcestershire County Council for the last 14 months.

"I am lucky that I have had an extra couple of months to spend as Chairman, even though this has been under such difficult circumstances. In this time, the county has shown great strength and resilience and I have been very proud to be chairman of such a wonderful place.”

Cabinet and scrutiny meetings have been held virtually since June and decisions have been taken by Worcestershire County Council’s cabinet via Zoom meetings. The meeting of Council on July 16 2020 will be the first time all 57 members have met online since the coronavirus crisis brought a nationwide lockdown.

Councillor Karen May, cabinet member with responsibility for Transformation and Commissioning at Worcestershire County Council said “Our IT teams have worked tremendously hard to ensure that we are still able to run business as usual.

"New systems have been put in place quickly and effectively and teams across the county council should be commended for the agility and resilience that has been shown since March. I am thrilled that this work means that we will now be able to return to having full council meetings, and begin to take important democratic decisions that will continue to keep Worcestershire moving safely.”

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