Lib Dems' new leader Geoff

PUBLISHED: 02:01 23 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:10 10 June 2010

THE Liberal Democrats in East Devon have a new leader in former Exmouth mayor Geoff Chamberlain. The change in stewardship of the party, the main opposition to Conservative-controlled East Devon District Council, follows after Brixington councillor Trevor

THE Liberal Democrats in East Devon have a new leader in former Exmouth mayor Geoff Chamberlain.The change in stewardship of the party, the main opposition to Conservative-controlled East Devon District Council, follows after Brixington councillor Trevor Cope did not seek to continue his position following the recent EDDC AGM after three years in the post. While Cllr Chamberlain is the new leader, the role is not new for him. Geoff, the member for Withycombe Raleigh Ward since 1980, previously held the position for 14 years. He is currently the vice chairman of the Scrutiny Committee and previously served two terms as the council's vice chairman, in 2005 to 2006 and again from 2006 to 2007.He said: "Over the years Trevor has served constituents and the group in a very professional manner. "Our thanks and best wishes for the future go with him, although it is his intention to remain as a valuable member of the Lib Dem team."My ambition is to drive the team towards the future, offering the electorate a better choice between a Government of incompetence and a Tory party of sleaze."He said that his members fully backed their newly selected Parliamentary Candidate Paul Buchanan. High on the agenda is the regeneration of Exmouth: "It is vital for the local economy. To do nothing is not an option.