THE chairman of North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC), Cllr Jim Clark, has been re-elected.

Cllr Clark, who represents Harrogate Harlow division and was first elected in 2001, will remain in the role until next May.

He said: “I want to thank all the people I had the pleasure of meeting as chairman in the first part of my year as chairman, especially the volunteers and carers, and all those who have stepped up to help their neighbours since the start of this pandemic.

“It goes to show that we are much better and stronger when we stand together.

“I will continue to take this work forward in the coming months. Let all of us of every age commit to stand together in remembrance and thanksgiving; stand together against hate and prejudice; and stand together to build stronger communities. This will allow us to face the future with strength and confidence.”

The new deputy chairman is Cllr Stuart Martin, who represents the Ripon South division.