Heather Joyce Cardiff Council Leader

Feb 28th, 2014 | By | Category: Joyce Biographies

Cardiff council leader Heather Joyce is to stand down to support her husband, who is unwell.

Councillor Joyce says she will formally resign as soon as the process for electing a new council leader has been completed.

She said she needed to devote her time to caring for her husband, Lyn, who has been unwell “for some time” but will stay on as a ward councillor for Llanrumney.

In a letter to the Labour group chief whip, she said: “This has been a difficult decision but, as you know, Lyn has not been well for some time and I feel that I need to devote my time to supporting him during a difficult period.

“In any case, I feel that I have done what the party asked me to do when I became leader of the Labour group back in 2011 and I feel that I have made my contribution as council leader such that now is the right time for me to turn my attention back towards my family and to serving the people of Llanrumney.

“I look back with satisfaction at what we have achieved since I became leader of the Labour group in 2011.

“You will recall that I took over the leadership, most unexpectedly, in difficult circumstances for the group and the party. That we were able to stabilise the situation and go on to win a landslide election victory in 2012 astonished many people.

“I was so pleased that it marked the return of Labour as the dominant political force in the capital city of Wales.

“The council is in a much stronger position now compared to when we came into office. We inherited a shambles but, through difficult decisions and hard work, we have laid the foundations of a successful council that will serve the people of Cardiff well in the years ahead.

“In truth, and as a working-class girl from Hirwaun, I have been a reluctant leader of the council.

“I certainly do not conform to the stereotype of the career politician that has come to dominate the political landscape in recent years.

“It wasn’t a role that I aspired to but when the party came calling I knew that I had to step up to the plate. However, as those who know me will appreciate, my sole motivation in politics has been doing what is right for the city’s most disadvantaged communities.”

Paying tribute to Coun Joyce, Lord Mayor of Cardiff Derrick Morgan said: “In many ways she has been an inspiration to us all.

“The dignified and understated way in which she has led the council needs to be acknowledged. She has worked ceaselessly, often in difficult circumstances, to move the council forward. Not once has she stooped to personal attacks on opponents.

“Her commonsense, commitment and common decency as leader of the council will be greatly missed.”

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