Andy Bowden confirmed as acting council leader

Acting council leader Andy Bowden
Acting council leader Andy Bowden

Deputy council leader Andy Bowden has been confirmed as acting leader of St Helens Council.

The former mayor will step up to the top job after Barrie Grunewald suffered a heart attack while on holiday in the Canary Islands.

Coun Grunewald was taken ill last month and is still recovering in hospital.

A Parr councillor, Andy Bowden is also cabinet member for children, families and young people and education.