Councillor Richard Clewer has been named as one of the first-ever co-presidents of the UK's only local authority climate network.

Cllr Clewer will take up the post alongside Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire.

UK100 is a network of the "most ambitious local leaders" working towards Net Zero as soon as possible but no later than 2045, and the only one focused solely on climate change and clean air policy.

All UK100 members sign a pledge, committing their authorities to "recognise their responsibility for tackling the climate emergency and take bold action towards Net Zero".

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Tracy Brabin and Polly Billington outside NEXUS in LeedsTracy Brabin and Polly Billington outside NEXUS in Leeds

Appointed for their commitment to local and regional Net Zero leadership, Tracy and Richard will represent UK100 on the national stage and embed the diversity of their political insight and experience into the network's long-term strategy to support ambitious, local climate action across the UK.

The appointment comes as UK100 also announces plans for its flagship Net Zero summit, to be hosted jointly with Tracy Brabin and the West Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority in Leeds in July.

Cllr Clewer said: “Rural areas have different strengths and face different challenges than urban areas.

"As one of my first duties as Co-president, I will be attending the summit in Leeds as a passionate advocate for rural communities and the support we need to deliver an ambitious Net Zero agenda."