Dorset

Dorset County Council leader appointed

Robert Gould, leader of West Dorset District Council Image copyright West Dorset District Council
Image caption Conservative Robert Gould is leading the 45-seat council

A new leader has been appointed to Dorset County Council to succeed Spencer Flower.

Conservative councillor Robert Gould was elected at a meeting of the full council.

Mr Flower, of Verwood, is facing trial accused of failing to declare interests in two housing companies.

He stepped down on Tuesday and has denied three charges under the Localism Act 2011. He will appear at Bournemouth Magistrates' Court on 24 April.

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