Former leader of Derbyshire County Council steps down from authority

Andrew Lewer.
Andrew Lewer.

A former Tory leader of Derbyshire’s biggest council has stepped down from his role as a county councillor.

Andrew Lewer – who was elected to represent the East Midlands as a Member of the European Parliament in Brussels last May – resigned from Derbyshire County Council on Monday.

His departure will trigger a by-election in his Ashbourne seat.

Mr Lewer said his resignation was timed to ensure the by-election takes place at the same time as the General Election on May 7, saving the taxpayer money.