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Council leader to step down
COUNCILLOR Neville Huxtable will step down as the leader of Hambleton District Council in May.
The leader of the ruling Conservative group was due to announce his decision at a full council meeting this afternoon (February 19).
It is understood Councillor Huxtable will continue as a member of the authority following the annual full council meeting on May 14.
The move will trigger a leadership election among the council’s Conservative group.
He has represented the Topcliffe ward, near Thirsk, for 14 years and was selected to lead the Tories on the authority in 2010.
The retired farmer, ex-police officer and businessman moved to Hambleton from Kent 12 years ago, settling near Thormanby, with his wife, Lorna.
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