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Date added: 28 February 2013

Council Leader Steps Down 

After seven years as leader of Swindon Borough Council, Rod Bluh is stepping down
After a record seven continuous years at the helm, Cllr Roderick Bluh is stepping down as Leader of Swindon Borough Council and has thanked everyone for their tremendous support.

Cllr Bluh, who is resigning to pursue business opportunities, described the time as amongst the “most fulfilling and enjoyable years of his life” and remains passionate as ever about the town which has been his home and vocation for the past decade.

“First and foremost I would like to thank the people of Swindon for making me feel so welcome and for all their support over the years. It has been the greatest honour and privilege to serve and I have been humbled by the wonderfully dedicated people I have met across the Borough.” he said.

“I’ve always said Swindon is the friendliest place I’ve ever lived and that’s what makes it so special. We have achieved some brilliant things together, helping to put Swindon on the map for all the right reasons. There is, of course, much more to be done and I have every confidence my successor will continue to help make Swindon an even better place to work and live.”

Cllr Bluh will formally step down at the Council meeting on April 11th. In the meantime the Conservative Group will choose his successor.

Cllr Bluh said: “Swindon is on the move in the right direction and not before time but there is still a lot to do when the economy permits.” 

Rod also said: “The One Swindon way of working, supported by all parties, is vital if we are to deal with challenges of the future including rising demand and falling financial resources.”

Deputy Leader, Cllr. David Renard, said: “Roderick’s passion for Swindon and its people is truly admirable. He has worked tirelessly to achieve great things for the benefit of the borough, often in challenging circumstances, and I’d like to thank him for his exceptional commitment.”
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