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Heather Smith quits as Leader of Northamptonshire County Council

The Leader of Northamptonshire County Council, Heather Smith, has quit following the publication of a damning report into the council’s financial problems.

Ms Smith told a press conference this afternoon that it "wasn't an easy decision" and criticised the "vicious attacks by four local MP’s who are "using her as a scapegoat."

She went on to say that “it’s been a privilege” to serve as leader of Northamptonshire County Council and hopes the local party will pick a new leader quickly.

This has not been an easy decision for me as the authority goes through the most turbulent times it has ever known.

The personal pressure of viscous public attacks by four local MPs seeking to make me the scapegoat, has not been pleasant for anyone to witness.

I have continued to fight for fairer funding for Northamptonshire residents, in spite of the personal attacks.

As I was told a few days ago, 'if the machinery of government is turned against you, you cannot win.'

– Heather Smith, Former Leader of Northamptonshire County Council

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