A gentleman of local government thanked for his service

A respected councillor described as a ‘true gentlemen’ of local politics has stepped down from his cabinet role at South Northamptonshire Council (SNC).

Published: Friday, 17th May 2019

During the SNC annual full Council meeting on Wednesday, 15 May, Cllr Roger Clarke, SNC member for Blakesley and Cote in the north of the district announced he would be retiring from the cabinet.

Cllr Clarke was elected to the council in May 2012 and has served on a variety of committees, was SNC chairman in 2015/6 and has been portfolio holder for planning.

SNC leader, Cllr Ian McCord, said: “The life of a local politician can be a thankless task. But every now and then you come across someone who goes about their business in a calm and measured fashion.

“Those people are able to effortlessly galvanise support and bring people along with them while difficult decisions are being made.

“Roger is one such person. Graceful and intelligent, well-mannered and respected in equal measure.

“He is a true gentleman of local politics and on behalf of the council and the district, I thank him for his service to the SNC Cabinet.”

Cllr Phil Bignell, deputy leader of the council replaces Cllr Clarke as portfolio holder for planning.