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Green councillor Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw elected as leader of Suffolk Liberal Democrat, Green and Independent Group




The Suffolk Liberal Democrat, Green and Independent Group has elected a new leader to take it into next year's local elections.

Green councillor Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw has taken over from Lib Dem Cllr Penny Otton, who will now serve as deputy leader of the group, which was formed after the 2017 local elections.

Cllr Brambley-Crawshaw is also the group’s spokesperson on climate change, and one of her priorities as leader will be to ensure that the climate emergency receives the urgent attention it needs from Suffolk County Council.

Cllr Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw with fellow Green councillor Robert Lindsay at a climate rally at Suffolk County Council's headquarters. Contributed picture. (35930007)
Cllr Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw with fellow Green councillor Robert Lindsay at a climate rally at Suffolk County Council's headquarters. Contributed picture. (35930007)

“I’d like to thank my fellow councillors for being so supportive and giving me the opportunity to lead our group in the final year, as we go into the 2021 elections," she said.

"I also owe a huge thank you to Penny, who has been an amazing leader this year. As a new councillor, her experience and support has been invaluable.

“When we formed this group three years ago, we didn’t know it would turn out to be such a successful collaboration and I’m really proud of the work we’ve done so far.

Penny Otton, Liberal Democrat, standing in the Thedwastre South division. (35930036)
Penny Otton, Liberal Democrat, standing in the Thedwastre South division. (35930036)

"There’s a lot more to do, particularly supporting our communities through this pandemic and also ensuring Suffolk is doing it all it can in response to the climate emergency.”

Cllr Otton added: “I’m really pleased to keep working with Elfrede as her deputy leader. We are all looking forward to supporting her in this new role.”


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