Jane Scott (politician)

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Jane Antoinette Scott OBE (born 1947)[1][2] is an English Conservative politician, Leader of the Wiltshire Council unitary authority since June 2009 and before that of its predecessor, the former Wiltshire County Council, between 2003 and 2009.

Scott was educated at the Convent of Jesus and Mary High School in Harlesden, North London, and then took a diploma in dairying at the Lancashire College of Agriculture, later renamed as Myerscough College.[3] She then worked in the dairy industry, on farms and also in public relations work, marketing and lecturing. She moved to Wiltshire in the early 1990s and in 1995 was elected to North Wiltshire District Council. Two years later, she was elected to Wiltshire County Council, and in 2001 became chairman of its Education Committee,[4] then cabinet member for children, education and libraries, and finally Leader in 2003.[2][5] In the county council, she represented the Kington electoral division,[6] in the district council Kington St Michael.[7]

When chosen to lead Wiltshire County Council in July 2003, Scott said: "Being elected leader of the council is a great honour and I intend to devote all of my time and energies to my new responsibilities."[2] For some years, she was a member of the Local Government Association's General Assembly[8] and for a time her name was on the Conservative Party 'A' List of parliamentary candidates.[9] As leader of the county council, from 2007 on she successfully pursued the creation of a unitary authority for Wiltshire, which was sure to mean the demise of the county's four existing District Councils, facing determined opposition from leading Conservatives, including Eric Pickles and Michael Ancram.[3]

In June 2009, in the first elections to a new Wiltshire Council, the unitary authority created by merging the county and its districts, she was elected for a new division called "By Brook".[10] This includes the parishes of Biddestone (including Slaughterford), Castle Combe, Hullavington, Grittleton, Nettleton, North Wraxall, and Yatton Keynell.[11] The Conservatives won 62 of the 98 seats available, and a few days later Scott was elected as the first Leader of the new unitary authority.[12]

She is currently a member of the National Youth Agency and the Wiltshire and Swindon Learning Skills Council.[5] chair of the Wiltshire Strategic Board,[13] and a Local Education Authority Inspector for Ofsted.[7]

Married with three children, she lives near Chippenham on a livestock farm.[5]

Scott was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours "for services to local government".[14]

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  1. ^ Wiltshire Times, 2 May 2007
  2. ^ a b c PR 1220 Wiltshire County Council elects a new leader (Tuesday 15 July 2003) at wiltshire.gov.uk
  3. ^ a b Peter Hetherington, Leader of Wiltshire Council in The Guardian dated 28 May 2013, online at the guardian.com, accessed 16 November 2014
  4. ^ Wiltshire County Council, Clerk's Department page at nationalarchives.gov.uk
  5. ^ a b c Mrs Jane Scott at northwilts-communityweb.com
  6. ^ Kington Electoral Division Mrs Jane Scott Leader of the Council and Conservative Group Leader at wiltshire.gov.uk
  7. ^ a b Cllr Jane Scott at northwiltsconservatives.com
  9. ^ Who is on the A-list? at conservativehome web site
  10. ^ For the division of By Brook Details for 2009 election
  11. ^ Order map no. 1 of Wiltshire Boundary Review 2008 at Electoral Commission website
  12. ^ The Municipal year book and public services directory, volume 2 (Municipal Journal, 2010), p. 1346
  13. ^ Wiltshire launches new community safety and drugs strategy (29 June 2005)
  14. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59282. p. 12. 31 December 2009.

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