The chairman of the Ribble Valley Conservative Association, Coun. Michael Ranson, has resigned in order to devote himself to the role of Mayor of the Ribble Valley.
Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Coun. Stuart Hirst said: “I am greatly saddened by this news and should like to pay tribute to Michael for all his dedicated hard work on behalf of the association over many years which has overseen one of the most successful electoral periods for the Conservative group on Ribble Valley council since its formation in 1974.”
Ribble Valley Conservative Association chairman Coun. Ken Hind added: “I would also like to pay tribute to Michael’s work. He has been agent for the association at a number of significant elections for borough council, county council and Parliamentary elections and he has given unstintingly of his time in the interests of the Conservatives in the Ribble Valley.
“We all recognise that facing a Parliamentary election and re-election of borough councillors on two councils involved in finding and fielding 60 candidates all in one year is an onerous duty alone and Michael has also the responsibilities of Mayor of the Ribble Valley with all the pressures of that job.”
The Ribble Valley Conservative Association’s constitution requires the executive council to select a new chairman and the officers will meet.
There is no provision in the constitution for automatic appointment of one of the two deputy chairman, the decision is the responsibility of those who make up the executive council.
Business will continue as usual in the interim with each of the officers performing their duties and the management team directing the business of the association.