22nd Nov, 2019

May looks set to become new Bromsgrove District Council leader

BROMSGROVE District Council looks set to get a new leader after Coun Karen May took over the helm of Bromsgrove Conservative Group.

Coun May, who was the party’s deputy prior to the election, takes replaces Coun Geoff Denaro in the Tory Group’s top role.

The leader of the council will be voted in on Wednesday, May 22, at the Annual Council Meeting and with the Conservatives having the majority, it will almost certainly be Coun May.

Coun Denaro becomes deputy leader and Portfolio Holder for Finance and Coun Rod Laight is the nominee for council chairman and expected to take over from Coun Caroline Spencer.

The rest of the proposed cabinet has not yet been revealed.

Coun May said: “The electorate of Bromsgrove had a choice at this election, and they placed their trust in us.

“We outlined a plan to make our district a place we can live and work in – to revitalise the town and village centres, stop the 30 to 39-year-olds leaving the district, make our area a vibrant place to be.

“This is what the residents of Bromsgrove chose at this election – a bright future for Bromsgrove.

“We’re a town of opportunity.

“We’ve got a fantastic team, a plan for the town and a clear mandate from the electorate: let’s make it happen.”

Coun Denaro said: “We have a plan for Bromsgrove, and that includes allowing for succession to take place in good time.

“It has been my privilege to serve the residents of Bromsgrove for nearly three years as leader, and as the new group takes their seats I will ensure a stable transition is in place for the new administration, most importantly by keeping our council on a secure financial footing.

“These are exciting times for Bromsgrove.”

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