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Labour Group leader on Newark Town Council resigns after more than 25 years

The leader of the Labour Group on Newark Town Council has resigned from the authority after more than 25 years.

Described as being wed to the council and its purpose, Dennis Jones was first elected as a town councillor in 1991.

In total, Mr Jones spent 9,473 days elected.

Former Labour Group leader on Newark Town Council Dennis Jones.
Former Labour Group leader on Newark Town Council Dennis Jones.

Members paid tribute to him and the work he did at an extraordinary meeting of Newark Town Council.

Conservative Group leader David Lloyd said: “I’ve known Dennis on both councils (Newark and Sherwood District Council) and he’s chosen to go for whatever reasons.

“My undertanding is he was first elected to town council in 1991. Several elections since then with an absence between 2007 and 2011.

“He was mayor of this council from 1996 to 1997, I think. He was chair of environment and more recently the chair of policy and finance.

“I’m sad as an individual as while there has been political contention from time to time, Dennis was wed to the town council and its purpose.

“He was a cooperative individual and outside the council chamber enjoyed a pint of real ale and a good conversation.

“He will be missed.”

Member James Baggaley said: “I’ve known Dennis since I joined the Labour party as a teenager.

“As already said, anyone who puts themselves forward for elected office and all that comes with it deserves all of our support and applause no matter the party.

“His love for local sport and activities has always been ongoing throughout his political career.”

Green Group leader Jay Henderson said: “I would like to note the work councillor Dennis Jones has done over the years.

“I’d also like to thank him for the guidance he showed to myself and councillor Cropper in the early days after we were elected.”

Town Mayor Irene Brown said: “Dennis has been a member of the town council for a long time and he decided he wished to leave.

“At the end of the day, we need to say thank you.”

The appointment of a new town mayor is expected to take place on Zoom on Sunday.

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