THE leader of the Conservative Group on Cotswold District Council has welcomed a new member into its ranks.

Councillor Chris Hancock, Cotswold District Councillor for the Northleach ward who was elected in 2011, has joined the Conservative party.

Council Leader Lynden Stowe said: “It’s been clear to us that Chris Hancock has been a first class advocate and representative for Northleach and the surrounding villages.

"We now look forward to working much closer with Chris so that the whole district can benefit from his experience and obvious talents.”