Doris Ansari has announced that she has decided to stand down as Leader of the Lib Dem group at County Hall.
Doris has been a formidable political animal for more than 40 years on Truro City Council, Carrick, Cornwall County Council and now the unitary authority. In that time she has been a great advocate for our party and was also a magnificent Chairman of the County for four years.
At one stage she sought to move 'up' to seek the selection for the Truro Parliamentary seat after the tragic death of David Penhaligon but was beaten to the nomination by Matthew Taylor. However, Westminster's loss was her the County's gain as she settled on assiduously working on issues - focussing mainly on education issues - across the Duchy.
Doris is pretty small in stature, but is a huge presence and, as my colleague George Edwards put it, probably knows more about the workings of County Hall than anyone else - especially Alec Robertson.
Doris is stepping aside to allow the new leader enough time to build a winning team to beat the Tories at the next election but she has done an immense amount to set us up and running and will be a huge support for whoever takes over.