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Councillor John S Bell

Ward: Hyde Werneth

Annual Report of Activities 2015/16

Once again my colleagues in the Conservative Group elected me as Leader.

As Leader of the Opposition a great deal of my time has been spent ensuring the Conservative Group act as a responsible and credible opposition on the Council holding the Controlling Labour Group to account for their activities for better or worse.

Together with this role, I am Deputy Chairman of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority and naturally involved in all aspects of administration and policy to ensure that our firefighters and the public are provided with the highest levels of safety.

I attend regular meetings with the other Conservative Group Leaders in Greater Manchester to discuss policy issues across the area.

In my ward, I attend regular advice surgeries throughout the year and have an expanding casebook helping people with their problems.

I am a Member of the Hyde Town Team and attend monthly meetings to discuss the economy, events and all matters relating to the town centre.

I have regular liaison meetings with the Borough Police and Fire Officers in which we discuss safety problems.

On the political front, I sit on the Executive Committee of Stalybridge & Hyde Conservative Association, Tameside Tories and I am Chairman of Werneth Ward Conservatives.