The race is on to become new council leader for East Hampshire

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A CLANFIELD councillor is vying to become the new leader of East Hampshire District Council.

Tory councillor Ken Moon has taken over the running of the Petersfield-based authority on a temporary basis until a new leader can be elected.

As previously reported, the Tory leader, Patrick Burridge, resigned last week because of ill-health.

He had been in the job for the past 18 months.

Cllr Moon, who also represents Finchdean, was deputy leader until the resignation.

The majority Conservative group at the council will now elect a new leader and Cllr Moon says he will be standing for the post.

The leader of the majority group also takes on the mantle of council leader.

Cllr Moon said: ‘Naturally, I aspire to becoming the leader.

‘I have done my apprenticeship and will be throwing my hat in the ring for the forthcoming leadership debate.’

It is expected a new council leader will be in place by mid to late March.

Cllr Moon was emphatic that the transition period will not affect the day-to-day business of the council.

He added: ‘Council policies are agreed and in place and the council and Penns Place is open for business as usual.’