Former Kettering mayor retires from council

Cllr June Derbyshire.Cllr June Derbyshire.
Cllr June Derbyshire.
She served for almost 14 years

A former mayor of Kettering has retired from her role as a councillor after almost 14 years.

Cllr June Derbyshire, who represented the Desborough Loatland ward, has stepped down from Kettering Council with immediate effect due to ill health.

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She was first elected at the May 2007 local elections and had been re-elected ever since.

June also served as a Desborough town councillor for much of the same time before resigning en masse with other Conservative councillors in a row between the authority and town residents.

She was deputy mayor and then mayor of the borough of Kettering for the 2015-16 municipal year, raising £1,653 during her year of office for the benefit of her two charities, the Make a Wish Foundation and Muscular Dystrophy UK.

Before becoming a councillor she spent many years as a social worker.

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Chairman of Kettering Conservatives, Cllr Mark Rowley said: “June is much loved and respected by her fellow councillors and was always passionate about representing her constituents.

"June will be sorely missed and I wish her well in her retirement.”

A spokesman for the Kettering Constituency Conservative Association said June was "rightly proud" of the help she has given to numerous groups through her Empowering Councillor funds distribution.

They said: "June will be fondly remembered by her colleagues at both town and borough level, with whom she worked closely. We wish June a very peaceful and healthy retirement."

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