Councillor Mark Betteridge, deputy leader of Merton Council, steps down
The deputy leader of Merton Council has stood down from his position.
Councillor Mark Betteridge announced his decision to step down as deputy leader and as cabinet member for peformance and implementation at a full council meeting this evening.
Speaking at the meeting Coun Betteridge, of Lavender Fields ward, said: "I wish to announce that this is my last meeting as deputy leader.
"I have been incredibly fortunate to be the deputy leader for the last three and a bit years.
"I'm extremely grateful to have had this opportunity to serve both residents and my party.
"As many of you know I have a wonderful wife and daughter.
"Trying to balance that family life with my work and council responsibilities has become difficult.
"It is the right time to make a change."
He added:"The most important thank you is to the residents of Merton.
"Thank you for giving me this incredible privilege.
"It is an honour for which I will be eternally grateful."
Councillor Mark Allison, cabinet member for finance, will take his place as deputy leader of Merton.
Councillor Judy Saunders, of Cricket Green Ward, will take on the role of position of cabinet member for performance and implementation.
Coun Betteridge will continue his duties as councillor of Lavender Fields ward.
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