North East Lincolnshire Council leader Chris Shaw to quit

Chris Shaw
Image caption Mr Shaw has been leader of the council for four years

The leader of North East Lincolnshire Council has confirmed he will stand down in May.

Chris Shaw, who has led the authority for four years, said he wished to pursue other interests outside politics.

He said he would remain as both council and Labour group leader until after local elections in May.

Mr Shaw will also stay a councillor until his term of office expires in 2016.

He said he had told the Labour group, which is the largest party on the authority, he would only serve four years as council leader.

Mr Shaw said he had also promised his wife he would only stay in local government until he turned 60, which he will do in September.

"I want to take my belongings out of the council in a box not be a councillor who is taken out of the council in a box," he said.

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