Stockport Council held its Annual Council meeting last night to determine who would lead the Council for the coming year. Stockport uses the Strong Leader and Cabinet model and this year a new leader had to be elected. Two candidates put themselves forward for election: former Council Leader, Elise Wilson and Cllr Mark Hunter from the Liberal Democrats. After this year’s local elections, the Liberal Democrats became the single largest Group on the Council, pulling 3 seats clear of the Labour Group.
Cllr Mark Hunter won the leadership contest by 31 votes to 25 for Cllr Elise Wilson.
Stockport Conservative Group remain the second largest opposition group and have pledged to hold the new administration to account.
Cllr Mike Hurleston, Conservative Group Leader said, “Stockport Conservative Group will continue to provide a strong and robust opposition. The Liberal Democrats have made a lot of promises and commitments to residents in opposition. Now is not a time for words, it’s a time for action. The Conservative Group will hold the new Liberal Democrat administration to account.”