Leader is top councillor

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NORTH East Derbyshire Council’s leader has been named England and Wales councillor of the year for his dedication to ‘making a real difference to the lives of local people’.

Coun Graham Baxter, who has represented Dronfield North since 1983, has been in charge of the authority since 2004.

He said: “This is a real honour but it would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of all the councillors and officers. We have a great team approach at the council and this spirit will be crucial to the challenging months and years ahead.”