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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 October 2005, 10:46 GMT 11:46 UK
Council boss steps down from post
The leader of Torbay Council has stepped down from his post because the authority is to be headed by a new directly-elected mayor.

Chris Harris has led the Liberal Democrat-run council since his party won power in May 2003.

Mr Harris is to take up a new job in London, but said he was remaining as a backbench councillor in the meantime. He is not to seek re-election.

The district's mayoral election is being held on Thursday.

When a public referendum voted in favour of having a new style elected Mayor, Mr Harris ruled himself out of the contest.

Fourteen candidates are standing for the 50,000-a-year post on 20 October.

Supporters said an elected mayor, who would preside over a 145m budget, would give local people a stronger say in how the council was run.

Critics argue the post was unnecessarily costly and could undo improvements.


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