Pendle Council leader to stand down

Paul White Pendle Council

Paul White will stand down as the leader of Pendle Borough Council following the elections in May.

The 32-year-old is one of the youngest council leaders in the country and led the Conservative party to its first majority on Pendle Council for 39 years in May.

However, he announced that he is suffering from heart failure and underwent surgery to implant a defibrillator.

Paul, who owns a number of businesses in Pendle, was previously served as a parish, town and county councillor. He is Pendle’s executive member for economic development, and was named Young Lancastrian of the Year at the Sub36 Awards in October.

During his time on Pendle Council he has worked hard to engage more young people in politics, and won a national award in 2014 for campaign of the year, after helping to get Europe’s Youngest Councillor, Lyle Davy, elected.

I’ll still be around to fly the flag for Pendle at every opportunity.

The former Park High School and Nelson and Colne College student has also worked for the Conservative Party as a Campaign Manager, was the Regional Director for Vote Leave for the North West of England and stood to be Burnley’s MP in the 2017 General Election.

Paul said: "This has been an incredibly difficult decision for me. It’s a decision I made a number of months ago and have thought about long and hard.

"I love Pendle, I love its people. It is a place I am so passionate about. But everything I do, I do to the very best of my ability and the simple fact is that my three businesses are really growing and they need my full attention. I need to consider my own future and the heart failure was a wake up call for that.

"I won’t have always got it right, but I’ve always tried to do what I genuinely believe to be the right thing. I’ll still be around to fly the flag for Pendle at every opportunity."

He added "There are many, many things I’m proud of during my time on Pendle Council. The work we’ve done to boost the economy as well as taking forward the Lomeshaye extension is something I’m really proud of, and encouraging more young people to get involved. It’s been a pleasure to work with the incredible staff at this council and councillors from across the political spectrum as well as the many organisations in the borough."

Paul will continue as leader of the council until May, when a successor will be chosen by full council.