by Paul Collins on 6 June, 2014
As predicted on this website and by others, the result of the Borough Election two weeks ago saw the Conservatives lose their overall majority at the Council. The number of Councillors is now; Tories 19, Independents 13, Labour 9 and Lib Dems & UKIP 5 each. With the number of at least 26 Council members to reach out of 51 to run the Council, I understand various discussions were held to see if a coalition of Council groups could be created to form the administration for this civic year. The result is that the Independents, along with Labour and the Liberal Democrats have entered into a formal agreement (total of 27 members) to form the Administration of the Council. Last night at the Annual Council Meeting, this agreement was ratified by the election of Councillor Ron Woodley (Independent) to be leader of the Council, along with Cllr Ian Gilbert (Labour) and Cllr Graham Longley (Liberal Democrat) to be the Deputy Leaders. It was a shame that new Westborough Councillor Mike Royston was unwell and did not attend.
The direct interest of Westborough is with the following appointments, also ratified last night;