Following a meeting of councillors this evening (Thursday 20 September), Basildon Labour regrets to announce that Cllr Adele Brown has made the difficult decision to step down as leader of the Labour Group due to health reasons.
Says Adele “I have been greatly privileged to serve the Basildon Labour Group as leader over recent months and I am committed to continuing to serve as Labour Councillor for Fryerns. As many people across the council are aware I have had significant health concerns over the last 12 months. I now want to focus on my recovery and continue to serve my residents from the back-benches.”
The Basildon Labour Group has this evening elected Cllr Gavin Callaghan as their new leader.
Says Gavin “It is a privilege to once again have the unanimous trust and support of Labour Councillors to lead the Group at this critical time for our Council. Adele has done a fantastic job at exposing the Billericay Conservatives as the danger they are to communities across the rest of the borough and I intend to continue her great work.
Labour is determined to call time on this lacklustre and out of touch Conservative Administration that prioritises Billericay over the rest of the borough.
From the local plan to balancing the budget, we will be forensic in our opposition and work with colleagues to set out an alternative agenda for the borough that the public can support at the ballot box in May.
I thank Adele for her service. She has been selfless in putting her constituents and party interests before her own and I know she will be back before long.”