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New leader elected for Kirklees Council’s Labour group

Greenhead's Cllr Carole Pattison has been elected for the post

Kirklees’ Labour group has elected Greenhead’s Cllr Carole Pattison as their new Leader.

The decision was made at Labour’s Annual Meeting that was held Monday (13 May). Councillor Pattison is set to take over from Cllr Cathy Scott who had previously expressed her hope to continue as group leader. It is understood that Cllr Graham Turner was also a contender for the role.

The position of Deputy Leader was also up for grabs as Cllr Paul Davies stepped down last night so he can place more focus on his bid to become MP for the Colne Valley. Taking his place is Cllr Moses Crook who represents the Holme Valley South ward.

While Cllr Pattison may have been elected to lead the Labour group, the LDRS understands that this does not mean that she is automatically the Leader of Kirklees Council. A vote will need to be taken at next week’s Annual Council meeting.

The new leader is coming into post after a tumultuous time for the group, being nine seats down from this time last year. Labour lost four seats in the recent local elections, with a further five councillors having resigned since January due to the party’s stance on the Israel-Hamas conflict.

However, the group is still the largest on the council, holding 30 of all 69 seats. It is not yet known whether the group intends to run the council as a minority administration, or is planning to form a coalition.

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