New leader for Somerset Lib Dems


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Somerset County Councilā€™s Lib Demsā€™ new Leaderā€™s message: ā€œLib Dems Listenā€ as Conservatives cancel their Cabinet meeting - no business to discuss!

ā€œThe Liberal Democrats will listen to local residentsā€ is the pledge from Councillor Bill Revans, the new Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at Somerset County Council.

Bill was speaking at his first Shadow Cabinet meeting, held at County Hall today, Wednesday 18th August with Lib Dems from around the County attending in person, and on Zoom.

Bill highlighted the need for the current Conservative leadership at the Council to listen to residents over the coming months as all five Somerset Councils prepare to move to a single Somerset Council.

ā€œSomerset is in a time of great change, facing the impact of Climate and Ecological Emergencies, the crisis in our Health and Social Care systems, the economic consequences of Covid and Brexit, huge inequalities in education and housing, inadequate public transport and poor broadband. Somersetā€™s Conservatives and their friends in Westminster decided to embark on a mammoth, unwanted and costly reorganisation of the way our Councils work. This was roundly rejected by the people of Somerset in a fair poll, but theyā€™ve ignored the results.ā€

ā€œMeanwhile, the Conservatives have cancelled their own Cabinet meeting because there is ā€˜nothing to talk aboutā€™! We strongly disagree! Lib Dem Councillors will be talking and listening to our local residents and finding Somerset solutions to Somerset problems. This County needs the Lib Dems to deliver a greener, more caring, fairer and flourishing Somerset - that listens to all its residentsā€.

Notes:

Cllr Bill Revans was elected Leader of the Somerset County Council Lib Dem Group.

Bill was elected to represent North Pethertonā€™s residents on the County Council in 2017. He is also a Sedgemoor District Councillor and a Town Councillor.

In his professional career, Bill worked for nearly twenty years as a secondary school teacher in Somerset. He became a carer for his first wife Karen after she had a brain haemorrhage in 2013. Karen lost her subsequent battle with breast cancer two days before Bill was elected to SCC in 2017. Bill has three grown up children.

In 2020, Bill married Rosie, an Orthoptist who works at Bristol Eye Hospital.


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