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Much Hadham member Ian Devonshire is new chairman of East Herts Council



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East Herts Council elected a new chairman at its statutory annual meeting last Wednesday (May 11).

Members voted for Much Hadham’s Cllr Ian Devonshire. The Conservative has served as vice-chair for the past year and replaces fellow Tory, Walkern’s Cllr Ken Crofton.

Cllr Rosemary Bolton, a Conservative who represents Hertford Kingsmead, was elected to serve as vice-chair.

Cllrs Ken Crofton, left, and Ian Devonshire outside East Herts Council's offices in Wallfields, Hertford
Cllrs Ken Crofton, left, and Ian Devonshire outside East Herts Council's offices in Wallfields, Hertford

As well as presiding over meetings of the full district council, the chairman has a ceremonial role and represents the district at civic events.

Cllr Crofton thanked members and officers for their support through his time in office, during which he raised over £3,800 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Cllr Devonshire announced his chosen charity would be the Stroke Association, an organisation that helps stroke survivors and their families to live fuller, happier lives.

He added: “I am honoured to be chairman of East Herts and represent our fantastic district.

“My focus for the year will be on celebrating the positive work of the council, to bring people together and help my councillor and officer colleagues drive our priorities forward.

“I am delighted to be raising funds for the Stroke Association, which carries out such worthwhile work rehabilitating children and adults to rebuild their lives after stroke.”



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