Thursday, May 08, 2008

Steve Galloway stands down as City of York Council leader

The Yorkshire Evening Press reports

Steve Galloway is resigning as leader of City of York Council, after five years in charge.

The Liberal Democrat chief, who has been a councillor for 35 years and party leader for the past nine, said he had enjoyed his time in the top job, but it was time to hand over to somebody younger.

I mention this because Steve was a Liberal councillor when I was a student in York nearly 30 years ago. In those days the idea that the Liberals might one day run the city would have seemed pretty fanciful. Steve's career is a reminder of how far we have come.

Steve was also the Liberal candidate for the York constituency at three general elections, but in the Alliance years the seat was allocated to the SDP and fought by someone called Vince Cable. I wonder what happened to him?

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