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Following Stockport’s local elections on the 5th May, a new Leader of Stockport Council was appointed at yesterday evening’s Council meeting at Stockport Town Hall.
Councillor Mark Hunter, who leads the Liberal Democratic party in Stockport, returns the Lib Dems to lead the council having won a majority by a count of 31 votes in favour of his election. Councillor Wendy Meikle has been appointed Deputy Leader of the Council. Together they will run the administration for the next 12 months.
Retiring Leader of the Council and local labour leader, Councillor Elise Wilson, attracted 25 votes. Both the Green and the Conservative party abstained from voting.
The elections earlier this month resulted in 28 councillors for the Lib Dems and 25 seats for labour; the conservatives lost what had been considered ‘safe’ seats in Bramhall to the Lib Dems local party leaving the blues with just five councillors. Stockport Council one again remains ‘under no overall control’
In his acceptance speech, Cllr Hunter said his administration would seek to work in an open and transparent manner with fellow cross-party colleagues.
The cabinet and local committees will be formed over the coming weeks.