The Surrey County Council leader has resigned from his role after seven years in the job.

Councillor David Hodge told a meeting of the full council today (November 13) that he will be stepping down from his role on December 11 to “pass the baton to somebody new”.

Mr Hodge, who received a CBE for services to local government and charities, said: “I am deeply thankful to everyone who’s contributed and taken a role in my cabinet over the years.

“We’ve faced difficult times. We’ve made difficult decisions, but it’s been hugely enjoyable and a satisfying role working to make Surrey a better place.”

Under Councillor Hodge’s administration, the County has faced huge cuts to its budget and severe financial woes.

Last month, Surrey announced the launch of five public consultations across services to slash a further £200 million from its budget by 2021.

Mr Hodge said: “A staggering £16 billion has been cut from local government funding nationally, with over £230 million cut from services for Surrey residents.

“Despite continually weathering the cuts of funding and continually facing increased demands for children and adults services, the councils are expected to carry on regardless.”