Statement from David Conway, Leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council .
“I have taken the decision to step down as Leader of the city council from May 2018. I have had eyesight problems for a while now and as this gets worse, it makes it more challenging for me to do everything that I want to as part of my role as Leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council. While I’m confident that I can work with this challenging situation until next year, I want to make sure there is a clear plan in place. That’s why I’m making arrangements now. I’ll remain a councillor and a new Leader will be chosen from the City Independents group at our annual meeting in May 2018.
“I am thankful to everyone for the well wishes and support that I’ve received. People have been exceptional.”