Austin Macauley 28 August 2015

Peerages for local government figures

Three prominent elected members are to be honoured with peerages for services to local government.

Councillor Gary Porter, chairman of the Local Government Association, has been leader of South Holland District Council since 2003 and is the first person to chair both the LGA and the Conservative Councillors Association at the same time.

Also nominated by the Conservative Party are Councillor Elizabeth Redfern, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, and Councillor Jane Scott, leader of the Wiltshire Council. Councillor Gary Porter, chairman of the Local Government Association, said:

‘I’m clearly proud to receive this recognition. But while it may be me that is receiving this honour it’s really a testament to the hard work of colleagues in South Holland District Council, the LGA and those across local government who day in and day out dedicate their working lives to making our communities better places to live.

‘From protecting vulnerable children and adults, to keeping our bins emptied and streets clean, local government has a lot to be proud of.

‘I will strive to be a strong voice and keen advocate for local government in the House of Lords. And those who know me and think this may change me, can rest assured that I'll still be just Gary.’

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