HAMPSHIRE’S political clout on a national level has been strengthened.
Ken Thornber, the leader of Hampshire County Council, has been appointed as vice-chairman of an influential body called the The South East Strategic Leaders.
The body is a partnership between several authorities across the south east, including Portsmouth, Hampshire and West Sussex.
It represents more than 10m people across the region, lobbying the government to influence policies that will help the economy of the area.
Councillor Thornber said: ‘The South East Strategic Leaders is a very significant group.
‘As one of only two regions that make a net contribution to government’s tax revenue, the south east is the engine room of the national economy and contributes income tax levels that are second only to London.
‘At a time of unprecedented financial challenge for local authorities up and down the country, SESL represents the voice of 10m people to help influence government policy and benefit residents. I very much look forward to contributing to SESL’s prominent work in the year ahead.’