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The new leader of Thanet council is Margate deputy mayor Cllr Iris Johnston.
She was selected on Monday night by Labour group members at a meeting in Ramsgate.
She said: “I was very sorry that Clive Hart decided to resign but for the stability of our group and the council as a whole I felt it important to step forward.
“It is a year-long post and I will be naming my cabinet this week.
“I am very grateful to Conservative group leader Cllr Bob Bayford who was one of the first people to congratulate me and we are meeting soon to work together for the ongoing improvement of Thanet. I will also be speaking to other council leaders in the coming week.
“We have many strengths and a wealth of expertise across the political spectrum in Thanet and I know all of us are committed to overcoming recent difficulties.”
Cllr Johnston is a former mayor of Margate, ex deputy leader and vice chairman of the council, and is cabinet member for safer neighbourhoods, than includes environmental services, licensing, tourism and leisure, Margate Task Force, and community safety.
She was first elected in 1995 in Marine Ward , Margate, which later became Margate Central under boundary changes. She is a governor of the town’s Hartsdown Academy.
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