Most people will have heard by now that my ward colleague Gareth Epps is standing down as group leader to concentrate on his role as our prospective Paliamentary candidate in Reading East. With only a year to go before Parliament has to be dissolved this makes enormous sense.
Both Labour and the Tories have used council meetings to make snide comments about his dual role, including the rather bizarre attack that Gareth was using council meetings for political purposes. Duh!
This reshuffle will allow us to continue to be effective in the council chamber and allow Gareth to get on with the serious business of advancing Liberal Democracy in Reading. Can't wait!