At Thursday’s meeting of Cheshire East Borough Council, David Newton announced his retirement from front line local politics. Too unwell to attend, his resignation letter was read out by a clearly emotional long-standing colleague, Councillor Dorothy Flude.
David, has represented the Crewe East ward on Cheshire East Council ever since May 2011, and before that he was a Cheshire County Councillor for many years, holding the position of chair for four of those years.
Whilst he would have preferred to have completed his current term up to 2019, poor health and mobility problems have forced him to retire now.
David said “I have had the privilege of being involved in public service for over 30 years. For 25 years I held many offices on the Cheshire County Council, including finance, education , and social services. I had the honour of being Chair of the County Council for 4 years. I served in other fields of public service as Vice Chair of the Mid Cheshire Hospital Trust, and for several years as Chair of the North West Sports Council, both at a period of change and upheaval. I was delighted to be appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant for Cheshire, a lifetime office.
But being a councillor is essentially about serving the members of the community and working for them. I hope I did an effective job.
It was a privilege to lead the Labour Group and we achieved many good things despite our size! I say to my Labour colleagues ‘carry on the good work’!”
Statements of appreciation came from all corners of the political spectrum, led by new Leader of the Labour Group, Cllr Sam Corcoran, who said “David was statesmanlike, but he did not shy away from controversy. It was David who proposed the motion of no confidence in the then Leader of the Council in 2015. David was also respected and liked by officers of the council. He will be a hard act to follow.”