Andy Bowden confirmed as acting council leader

Acting council leader Andy Bowden
Acting council leader Andy Bowden
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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.