13 Mar 2019
Councillor Sue Murphy has been appointed as the new Deputy Leader of St Helens Council to fill the vacancy created by the recent resignation of Councillor Andy Bowden.
Councillor Murphy (pictured), who represents the Billinge and Senley Green ward, will work closely alongside Council Leader Derek Long on council matters and will also take up a position on the cabinet as part of her new role, overseeing the Balanced Development and Economic Opportunity portfolio.
She will start her position with immediate effect.
Commenting on her appointment, Councillor Murphy said: “It’s a great honour to be appointed Deputy Leader of the council to serve the people of St Helens.
“This place means an awful lot to me and residents can be assured that I will take this opportunity to drive the borough forward for the better.”
Councillor Murphy continued: “St Helens has such a proud past and while it’s nice to look back – it’s also important to look forward. There’s a lot of exciting development projects occurring all over the borough which will significantly boost growth, with more in the pipeline.
“As portfolio lead for Balanced Development and Economic Opportunity, I’m eager to get started and play my part in attracting more growth into the borough to let the rest of the country know what a great place St Helens is to invest in.”
“Council Leader Derek Long added: “With the second highest job growth in the North, it’s vital that we keep up momentum. I’m confident that Sue will play an important part in ensuring we will deliver a balanced plan and a better borough.”
Councillor Murphy has sat on the council for 15 years after first being elected in 2004.
During this time she has held various roles including Cabinet Member for Libraries and Leisure Services – and is on a number of council committees including planning, and licensing and environmental protection committee. Councillor Murphy is also Chair of Governors at Garswood Primary School, a responsibility she held for 20 years.