BREAKING: New Kent County Council leader chosen

Councillor Roger Gough is set to become the next leader of Kent County Council, after winning a four-way leadership contest.

After being voted in earlier today, Cllr Gough now faces one final vote to approve his selection at a full council meeting on October 17th.

Taking to Twitter, Cllr Gough said: “My thanks to my Conservative colleagues @Kent_cc for putting their trust in me and electing me as Group Leader. It’s no small honour to follow in the footsteps of Paul Carter [and] Sandy Bruce-Lockhart.”

Cllr Gough is a councillor for Sevenoaks North and Darent Valley, and the cabinet member for Children, Young People and Education. He was first elected in 2005. Also running for leader were deputy leader Cllr Peter Oakford, Cllr Mike Whiting and Cllr Nick Chard.

Cllr Gough told Kent Online that the regeneration of eastern areas of Kent would be among his top priorities.

Kent County Council is the UK’s largest local authority, and leading it is considered to be one of the most prestigious jobs in local government.

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