Popular councillor appointed deputy speaker of Bedford Borough Council

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Cllr Colleen Atkins (Labour) Harpur Ward, deputy speaker Bedford Borough Council. Image Bedford labour Group
Cllr Colleen Atkins (Labour) Harpur Ward, deputy speaker Bedford Borough Council. Image Bedford labour Group

Popular and long-standing Haprur Ward councillor, Colleen Atkins (Labour) has been appointed deputy speaker of Bedford Borough Council

First elected in 1988, Colleen has served on many committees during that time and has also held a number of portfolios including Community Safety, Regulatory Services & Housing.

She has now been appointed as deputy speaker after being voted in at the annual full council meeting last night (Wednesday).

Colleen is currently also chair of the Environment & Sustainable Communities Overview & Scrutiny Committee and serves on the General Purposes Committee and the House of Industry Estate Management Committee.

Nominating cllr Atkins, cllr Carl Meader, Bedford Borough Labour Group leader, said: “I was pleased and proud to nominate Cllr Atkins for the role of deputy speaker.

“Colleen is a respected councillor and has served the residents of the Borough for many years. I know she will be a diligent deputy speaker and continue to serve the residents of Harpur Ward and the rest of the Borough whilst carrying out her formal duties to the highest standard.”

Seconding the nomination, Bedford Borough Labour Group deputy leader cllr Sue Oliver added “Colleen is an experienced Councillor, who will do her utmost to assist the Speaker in ensuring council meetings run smoothly.”

Speaking of her appointment, cllr Atkins added, “It’s an honour and a privilege to be appointed as deputy speaker and I thank everyone for their support in nominating me.”