Lancaster City Council leader hails plans for 2,000 new jobs

Councillor Eileen Blamire.

Councillor Eileen Blamire.

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The leader of Lancaster City Council has been re-elected for the next four years.

Councillor Eileen Blamire will lead a Labour-only cabinet, replacing the previous Labour-Green coalition cabinet.

Coun Blamire was voted in at a meeting at Morecambe Town Hall on Tuesday evening.

She said: “As a Labour council will we do absolutely everything in our power to prioritise the things that matter most to people - be it keeping our streets clean and safe, protecting our beautiful parks or investing in renewable energy schemes.

“At the same time, we have exciting plans aimed at making our district an even better place, such as creating more than 2,000 new jobs - including at Lancaster University and Heysham Port - and building much-needed affordable housing, including our first new council houses for many years.”

The members of the new cabinet are: Coun Eileen Blamire (leader), Coun Janice Hanson (deputy leader), Coun Abbott Bryning, Coun Darren Clifford, Coun Karen Leytham, Coun David Smith, Coun Margaret Pattison and Coun Richard Newman-Thompson.

The chairmen of all the council’s committees were also elected at the meeting.

Coun Nigel Goodrich of the Conservatives was elected as chairman of Overview and Scrutiny. Green party councillor Coun Dave Brookes is the new Chairman of Budget and Performance Panel.

Coun Roger Sherlock, from Labour, was elected as chairman of the Planning and Highways Regulatory Committee.

Other Committee chairmen appointed at the meeting (all Labour) were: Coun Margaret Pattison – Licensing Regulatory Committee; Coun Terrie Metcalfe – Licensing Act Committee ; Coun Liz Scott – Personnel Committee; Coun Claire Cozler – Appeals Committee; Coun Matt Mann – Audit Committee; Coun Colin Hartley – Standards Committee; Coun Janet Hall – Council Business Committee

The council also appointed three champions, all from the Labour group: Coun Anne Whitehead (older people), Coun Tracy Brown (young people) and Coun Liz Scott (veterans).

An attempt by Greens to change the term of leadership from four years to one year was lost following a vote.

Labour won the most seats on council at the recent local elections, with 29, compared to the Tories’ 19, nine for the Green party, two Morecambe Bay Independents and one free independent.