Last night's Council meeting (Tuesday 15 May) saw Labour Councillor Pat Hackett elected Leader of the Council, defeating Conservative Leader by 31 votes to 25. Ten Liberal Democrat and Green Councillors abstained.
In announcing his Cabinet, Cllr. Hackett made Leasowe & Moreton East Councillor, Anita Leech, responsible for the key issue of the Local Plan to protect the Borough's Green Belt.
During his remarks to Council, Councillor Lewis pledged to scrap the Hoylake Golf Resort and ensure the various Green Belt campaign groups were represented on council committees. He also pledged to build the first new council housing for 30 years, on council-owned brownfield sites to help meet the needs of the 9,000 families on the Borough's Housing Waiting List.
Following the vote for Leader, Council then voted to end Labour's domination of the Town Hall's 10 committees and, instead, elected four Conservatives, two Liberal Democrats, a Green and an Independent to chair eight of them, leaving Labour chairing just two but without a majority of Labour councillors on any committee.
The video footage of the speech by Councillor Ian Lewis can be viewed on the blog by John Brace