Medway Labour Group have announced that Cllr Paul Godwin has taken the decision to step down as Leader of the Labour opposition on Medway Council.
Turning 60 this year, and having led the Labour group for 13 years, Cllr Godwin is now looking forward to taking a step back, though he will continue to serve as a dedicated Chatham Central councillor.
His Labour colleagues from Medway Labour group wish to pay tribute to his tireless service to local politics, and committed leadership over the last 13 years. Cllr Godwin’s leadership has steered the group through a markedly changed political landscape with surety and aplomb, helping secure 5 more Labour councillors for Medway only last May.
Cllr Godwin said; “It has been a great privilege to lead the Medway Labour Group over the last thirteen years, during which time I have worked with a loyal and dedicated set of Councillors in my Group. I have decided to stand down so that I can have more free time to pursue other things but I will continue to be an active Councillor as well as continuing my work on the Kent Police Authority until November and as Deputy Chair of the Kent and Medway NHS Social Care and Partnership Trust.”
Deputy Leader and Ward Colleague Vince Maple said; “It has been a great pleasure to serve under Paul’s leadership, both as a ward colleague and as his deputy for the last 12 months. We saw a 50% increase in the Labour team last May, in no short part thanks to Paul’s leadership and vision. He is well respected by both those in the Labour group and across the community we serve”Other news from Medway Labour