Dorset

West Dorset District Council elects new leader

Anthony Alford Image copyright West Dorset District Council
Image caption Anthony Alford is the council's first new leader in a decade

West Dorset district councillors have elected a new leader following the departure of Robert Gould.

Anthony Alford was voted in at a full council meeting to replace Mr Gould, who stood down after becoming leader of the county council.

He had been leader at Conservative-controlled West Dorset since 2004.

Mr Alford has represented the Netherbury ward since May 2003 and has been vice-chairman of the executive committee since 2007.

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