Tory deputy leader Amanda steps down

Coun Amanda Byrne

Coun Amanda Byrne

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AMANDA Byrne is stepping down as the deputy leader of Calderdale Council’s Conservative group.

And she has decided that after nearly nine years as a councillor, she will not defend her seat in Sowerby Bridge ward at next year’s elections.

“It comes down to pressure of work,” said Coun Byrne, who is due to confirm her decision at today’s monthly meeting of the council.

“I have been managing a major change programme for the Lloyds Banking Group and I don’t feel I have the time to properly carry out all my responsibilities with the Conservatives.”

Councillor Byrne, who lives at Holywell Green, was elected in 2003 and quickly became a key figure on the council.

For several years, she was the cabinet spokeswoman for community services and then economy and environment.

Last year she chaired the council’s economy and environment scrutiny panel and served on the governance and business committee.

She has been closely associated with schemes to create more housing, promote business and the redevelopment scheme for the area between Copley and Sowerby Bridge.

Councillor Byrne is a governor at Sacred Heart Primary School, Sowerby Bridge, a member of the Yorkshire and Humberside Museums Council and the Calderdale Women’s Centre Board.

Her replacement as deputy leader of the Conservative group is expected to be announced at the council meeting.