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Scott Congratulates Northumberland's Council Leader shortlisted for a National Award

The Labour leader of Northumberland County Council has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

Councillor Grant Davey, who became council leader in May 2013 after taking control from the Liberal Democrates, he is now in the running for ‘Leader of the Year’ in the 2015 Councillor Achievement Awards, organised by the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU).

Cllr Davey is among six leaders from across the country to be shortlisted for the honour, which will be announced at an awards ceremony next month.

The LGiU is an award winning think tank and membership organisation whose mission is to ‘strengthen local democracy to put citizens in control of their own lives, communities and local services’.

The awards category states: “The leader of the council is fundamental to the strategic direction of the council – in setting the vision and priorities and making sure that they are delivered.

“Effective leaders will be successful in uniting the group and cabinet, listening to the concerns of all councillors and ensuring that competing voices and priorities are heard.”

It adds: “As the public face of the council, leaders will have strong relationships with community groups and put the community at the heart of what they do.”

Scott said: "it has been a pleasure to be part of Cllr Davey's team working hard to improve the Council and manage the savage cuts imposed on the Council. In our recent Peer Review it was highlighted that he had strong and decisive political leadership and this is reflected by the shortlisting for this award I am delighted for him" it also went of to say “ they were impressed with the energy and enthusiasm to deliver for the people of Northumberland, and this comes from the top down. We wish Cllr Davey all the best for the final.”

The winner of the award will be announced on March 2

Best of luck !!

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