Former Trafford Council Leader, Susan Williams, elevated to the Lords

Trafford Conservatives have congratulated their old boss on being elevated to the House of Lords following an announcement by Downing Street today.

Leader of Trafford Council, Cllr Matthew Colledge said, "We are all thrilled for Susan, or should I say Lady Williams. Her elevation is richly deserved and I know she will use this as a platform to further champion the growth and prosperity of the North West".

Baroness Williams was elected to represent Altrincham Ward in 1998 and led Trafford Conservatives from 2002 becoming Council Leader in 2004, having successfully taken control of the council from Labour. She remained in this post until 2009 and stood down from elected office in 2011. Susan contested the Bolton West seat in the 2010 General Election and narrowly lost. Since Council she has concentrated on working on obtaining major infrastructure links across the North West such as the North West Rail Hub and the Atlantic Gateway scheme.

Following the announcement she said: "This is a tremendous honour and I greatly look forward to continuing to be an advocate for the people of the north west for many years to come."

Altrincham and Sale West MP Graham Brady added: "I am delighted that Susan's hard work and commitment to public service have been recognised; I think that she will make an outstanding contribution in the House of Lords."