Rochdale’s first female leader

News reaches t’Voice (via the Middleton Guardian) that Lib Dem Irene Davidson has become the new leader on Rochdale Council – and in doing so has become the first female leader of the Council.

Coun Davidson, who works as a prison officer in Manchester, will be replacing the leader Alan Taylor, who decided last week to stand down due to ill health.

Earlier this year, she stood in for Coun Taylor during one of his bouts of illness. She was acting leader when Rochdale hit the national news headlines after installing its Christmas light decorations in August.

Councillor Davidson said: “It is an honour and a priviliege to be the first female leader of Rochdale Council.”

Best wishes from all at the Voice to both Irene and Alan!

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One Comment

  • Congratulations to Irene – she will do a great job!
    We have far too few female council leaders in the UK.
    In fact not sure if we know how many?

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