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Cotswold council, Gloucestershire; caused by the death of Conservative councillor Barry Dare at the age of 79. Dare first held elected office in his twenties on the pre-reform Twickenham borough council in the late 1950s or early 1960s; he was Conservative candidate for Leyton in the two 1974 elections, but it was in 1993 that his political career really took off when he was elected to Gloucestershire county council. He became leader of the Conservative group in 2002, served as leader of the county council from 2005 to 2010 and co-ordinated the response to the devastating Severn floods of 2007. Dare’s business career was just as stellar; he ran his own accountancy business for over fifty years and served as chief executive of Unwins Seeds and the Cambridge chamber of commerce. Dare had served on Cotswold council since 2003, initially for Blockley ward before transferring to Stow ward (his former county seat) in 2015; he had stood down from the county council in 2013.
Proposed parliamentary constituency from 2020: The Cotswolds
Gloucestershire county council division: Stow-on-the-Wold