For half of the 32 years Huntingdonshire District Council has been in existence, it has been led by one man, Councillor Derek Holley. His reign as leader ended in December and he will step down as a councillor in May. Ian MacKellar spoke to Cllr Holley about his achievements. COUNCILLOR Derek Holley understands The Hunts Post analysis, but does not accept that his two administrations were so different. In the 1980s and early 1990s, during the first 10 years of Cllr Holley's leadership, the council pursued a minimalist Thatcherite regime of ultra-low Council Tax and low spending. By the time he re-assumed the leadership six years ago, the philosophy on spending had changed. People wanted more and better services and were prepared to pay for them.