St Albans Liberal Democrat councillors have chosen their new leader following the retirement of Cllr Chris White.

Paul de Kort has been chosen, with the Harpenden East councillor having spent approximately 16 years in district politics. 

His position as leader of St Albans City & District Council, along with other leadership positions, is due to be confirmed at a full council meeting on Wednesday, May 22.

Herts Advertiser: Harpenden East Cllr Paul de Kort.Harpenden East Cllr Paul de Kort. (Image: St Albans Lib Dems)

Cllr Paul de Kort said: “It is an honour to be appointed by my colleagues. I am excited to spearhead the work of our fantastic team who are fully focused on keeping this district moving forward.

“I have been a resident in this district for 32 years, so I know what a great place it is to live and work.


"I have witnessed just how much it has changed in that time and understand that for St Albans City and District to thrive we must keep looking forward.

“I am proud that the Liberal Democrats have been energetic in protecting our local environment, addressing the housing crisis, and supporting the most vulnerable in our local communities.

Herts Advertiser: Retiring council leader Chris White.Retiring council leader Chris White. (Image: Chris White)

"I will ensure we sustain this drive and ambition.’’