Councillor Simon Henig, the leader of Durham County Council has been elected chair of the newly created Association of Labour Councillors (ALC). Simon has been a councillor since 1999 and leader of Durham since 2008.
The ALC is a new body to represent Labour Councillors’ views and make sure there continues to be a strong local government voice at the heart of the Labour Party.
At its first meeting in London earlier this week, Executive members addressed the issues facing Labour groups across the country and were joined by Shadow Communities Secretary Hilary Benn MP and Shadow Housing Minister Jack Dromey MP.
Councillor Simon Henig, Chair of the ALC Executive and Leader of Durham County Council, said:
“The ALC executive will meet throughout the year and help shape Labour’s work in delivering Labour values locally through strong and active local government.
“The issues raised at the first meeting included the vital work councillors do across the country, the difficulties facing councils forced to implement the cuts being passed on because of the Tory-led Government’s economic failure and how councillors can play a more active role within the Labour Party”