Former South Ribble MP David Borrow has been elected leader of the Labour group on the national County Councils Network.
The Preston councillor, who is deputy leader of Lancashire County Council, will also become vice-chairman of the CCN, a cross party organisation which brings together and acts as the voice for county councils from across England.
Coun Borrow, who has served as finance spokesman for the CCN since the beginning of 2014, said: “As a county we receive over 50 per cent of our funding from the Government and we know that in the coming years this investment will increasingly rely on the economies of scale larger councils like ours are able to offer.
“To this end I am pleased that Lancashire’s voice will be heard at a national level through the County Councils Network. We need to make sure Governments of whatever party listen to the concerns of people outside the big cities;. Holding positions of leadership on key networks such as the CCN makes Lancashire well placed to do just that.
“The Government’s recently introduced Care Act places a significant burden on county councils in England. We need ensure the Government provides the extra resources we need to care for the growing number of vulnerable and frail elderly residents in Lancashire. This will form a key focus of the Labour Group on the CCN in the months ahead.”
The CCN has 36 member councils, with over 2,500 councillors, serving 23m people – 47 per cent of the population.