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Council Finance Boss Resigns
6:26am 5th November 2014
(Updated 6:26am 5th November 2014)
The man in charge of the purse strings at Cornwall Council has resigned.
Alex Folkes' announcement comes ahead of a meeting on plans for almost 200 million pounds worth of cuts.
But officials at County Hall say the portfolio holder for Finance and Resources has stepped down from the Cabinet because of a "personal issue."
A spokesperson from Cornwall Council said: "The Leader of Cornwall Council John Pollard has confirmed that Alex Folkes has stepped down from the Cabinet to deal with a personal issue. In the interim Mr Pollard will take over responsibilities for the Finance and Resources portfolio."
Posting on his blog, 'A Lanson Boy', Councillor Folkes said: "Today I have resigned as a member of Cornwall Council's cabinet.This is the text of the letter I sent to the Leader, John Pollard:
As you know, I am currently dealing with a personal issue. I am therefore writing to tender my resignation from the cabinet with immediate effect.
I would like to say what an honour it has been to be part of Cornwall's cabinet. I believe that we have achieved a huge amount. The new budget is extremely tough but I believe that it is the fairest and best way of addressing the challenge that Cornwall faces over the next four years. We have managed to cut huge amounts of waste in order to focus on high quality front line services and I believe we have done our best for Cornwall.
I hope and expect to be able to address the personal issues I am dealing with and one day to be in a position to regain my seat at cabinet. But that is for sometime in the future. In the meantime I wish you and my other colleagues well. I thank you all for your support, but particularly Jeremy who has been unflinching in his support and advice throughout our time on the council.
I will continue to work my hardest for the people of Launceston.
"I don't intend to make any further comment at this time. Many thanks."6:26am 5th November 2014
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