THE leader of the West Berkshire Council Liberal Democrat group, Alan Macro, has stepped down for personal reasons.
Mr Macro, a district councillor for Theale, took on the role in May 2015 after former leader Jeff Brooks lost his seat in the local elections.
Lee Dillon (Thatcham North), who was previously deputy leader, has been elected as the new leader.
Mr Macro will take on the role of deputy leader.
He said: “I have been very impressed with Lee’s work on the council. He has brought energy and many fresh ideas to both the Lib Dem Group and to the council.
“I am sure that Lee will be a very effective leader of the opposition and will give us a great chance of winning back control of the council at the next election.”
Mr Dillon said: “Alan has provided a principled approach to being opposition leader, holding the Conservative administration to account.
“I intend to follow his lead and will ensure that when the administration make future decisions they are aware of the impact their decisions have and that residents know they have an opposition group that will speak up for them and fight their corner.”