Salisbury City Council leader resigns

Salisbury City Council leader resigns

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 1:49pm 12th December 2018. (Updated at 3:17pm 12th December 2018)

Matthew Dean is stepping down, blaming the personal pressures that come with the role.

He's informed his colleagues of his intention to tender his resignation as the Leader of the authority this morning (Wednesday December 12th).

He has however said he'll stay on as a Councillor and provide support to the City Council into the future.

Matthew Dean's been speaking to Spire FM about his reasons for stepping down:



He says he's also faced a lot of personal abuse during his time as a councillor - most recently during a night out in Salisbury on Friday (December 7th).


The process to choose a new leader for Salisbury City Council will begin in the coming weeks.

The Conservative group of councillors will vote on their choice for a new figurehead - and as they are the largest party within the authority, it's likely that they'll then become the leader of the City Council.

The final decision will be made by the Full Council at a meeting in January.

Salisbury Guildhall Poppies October 2018
Salisbury City Councillors will elect a new leader at their Full Council meeting in the New Year

In a leaked email to fellow Councillors, Matthew Dean has also thanked them for their support while he's been leader:

"I'd like to thank you all for your support during my time as Leader of the City Council and for the 6 years I was Group Leader. Together we have achieved a lot for the council and for the City. Budget setting should be very straightforward this year, we have ensured the Council has an excellent professional staff and we have put on some brilliant events over the last 18 months. We now need to consolidate that success and give Salisbury the strong voice and excellent Council it deserves."

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