Sunday, 4 December 2011

Lib Dems Name New Shadow Cabinet Member For Health

Long-standing Cambridgeshire County Councillor, Geoff Heathcock, has stood down from the Shadow Cabinet.

Cllr Heathcock was the Liberal Democrat Spokesman for Health. He is also a past chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Committee, a position he held twice. He will continue as group member on the Cambridge Fire Authority.

He handed over the health role to County Councillor Caroline Shepherd who represents Trumpington in Cambridge and has held a long interest in older people's health needs.

Cllr Heathcock, who represents Queen Edith’s in Cambridge, decided to step down after county councillors were asked to vote recently on accepting a 25 per cent increase in their allowances.

He said: “It was clear to me that all members of the Liberal Democrats were opposed to accepting the 25 per cent increase and therefore voted against. I did not share their view on this.

“It was with regret, therefore, that I decided to step down from my position on the Shadow Cabinet.” 

Cllr Shepherd said: “I am looking forward to the immense challenges that the health portfolio will bring at a time of huge change in the way services are delivered both locally and nationally.

“Geoff has proved an expert in this field with unrivalled knowledge. I hope to be able to build on his excellent work and ensure that the Liberal Democrats remain an effective opposition in this area.”