THE leader of Wiltshire Council will step down next month and her replacement will be elected shortly afterwards.

Coun Baroness Jane Scott OBE confirmed that she will be stepping down as leader of Wiltshire Council at the start of July.

The Wiltshire Council Conservative Group has now initiated its internal process of selecting a new group leader for the council.

The submission of nominations for the next leader will close on July 1.

Then, the election of the political party’s new group leader will take place on the following day.

Members of the group are all eligible to vote in person at the group meeting which will start at 1pm.

The name of the successful candidate who has received the most votes will be announced by the group later that day.

So far, nominations have been received from Coun Chuck Berry, Coun Richard Clewer, Coun Stuart Wheeler, and Coun Philip Whitehead

The successful candidate for Conservative group leader will be the group’s nomination for leader of Wiltshire Council on July 9.