Cheshire Independent Issue 134

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LABOUR and the Independ- ents will run Cheshire East after the Conservatives lost control of the council for the first time since it was formed in 2009. And the new administration has announced plans for a major shake-up of the way the local authority is run. The May elections gave no party overall control and since then talks have been going on between the three main groups of councillors. Labour and the largest group of Independents have now announced they will cre- ate a “transition Cabinet” for a 12-month fixed term “to deliver much needed reform”. And they have also revealed that Cheshire East’s constitution will be completely re-written. During the 12-month transi- tional period the Conservative group will carry out the scrutiny function to oversee the operation of each council department. Labour group leader Sam Cor- coran, will be the new council leader, with Labour also taking the majority of the cabinet places IT’S ALL CHANGE! Major shake-up at Cheshire East New Leader: Sam Corcoran Independent view: Craig Browne after negotiations with the Inde- pendent group. Councillor Corcoran said: “Labour recorded its highest ever number of votes, share of the vote, and the number of Labour coun- cillors elected. “Therefore, we have put into place a transition arrangement for the governance of the council for the next 12 months with support of the largest Independent group. “The agreement with the Inde- pendent group will ensure that services continue to be delivered, provide re-assurance to staff and partners and enable us to start work on delivering Labour’s manifesto for Cheshire East.” The leader of the Independent group, Craig Browne, will be deputy leader. It says the agree- ment will see the end the current cabinet system – to be replaced with a “more transparent” com- mittee-based system. Councillor Browne said: “This 12-month agreement is necessary to bring about the vital changes needed to ensure Cheshire East operates in an open and transpar- ent manner for the years to come. “The transition agreement means we can deliver this change within 12 months. We have asked the Conservatives to act as watch- dog over our daily management of the council, but they will not be able to block key reforms. “We think this is the most sen- sible way to ensure we deliver key services and the vital changes our voters asked us to introduce.” The Conservatives lost overall control at this month’s elections but still remain the largest group with 34 seats. Labour has 25 seats, the Independents 19 and the Lib Dems four. The Tories have elected Janet Clowes as their new group leader after the resignation of Rachel Bailey. She said it was “disap- pointing” that the Independents were working with Labour. She added: “It was evident throughout the local election campaign that residents are frus- trated and angry over the failure of Government to deliver Brexit. “We saw this on the doorstep and I believe it influenced many residents in the polling stations. “However, voting on national issues has now resulted in many committed Conservative council- lors, who worked incredibly hard for their constituents, losing their positions.”