Durham County Council’s Labour leader has stepped down after the occasion misplaced its majority management for the primary time in nearly a century.
Simon Henig stated the results have been “deeply disappointing” and it was time for another person to guide the occasion by way of the following section.
Coun Henig retained his seat for the Chester-le-Street West Central Ward however the occasion fell in need of the 64 seats wanted to take care of a majority, profitable 53, a drop of 16 seats.
The largest winners on the night time have been the Conservative group which noticed its variety of seats leap from 10 to 24 and the Independents with 21, up 9. The Liberal Democrat group gained two profitable 17 seats.
Coun Henig stated: “The results of the election in County Durham final week have been deeply disappointing for the Labour Party.
“Unfortunately the end result was in keeping with the nationwide and regional image, and the results of the December 2019 General Election.
“I’ve had the chance to mirror on the state of affairs, and have determined that the time has come for another person to guide the Labour Group, so I can’t be placing my title ahead to the Group AGM this weekend.
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“I’m very pleased with the Labour County Council’s report over the previous 12 years, with the creation of over 10,000 new jobs previous to coronavirus, together with main corporations corresponding to Hitachi selecting to find in County Durham, plans for 30,000 extra jobs now being realised, a world-class occasions programme and customer numbers rising 12 months by 12 months.
“This is an excellent county and I imagine this legacy is a agency basis for continued progress throughout County Durham sooner or later.
“It is now the time for another person to guide us by way of this subsequent section. I wish to want the brand new management each success.”
Having misplaced the general majority, the Labour group has simply over two weeks till the annual assembly on May 26 to work out a manner ahead.
Durham Council was the primary county corridor to go purple in 1919 and had been in steady management by Labour since 1925.
The area was on the centre of the Miners’ Strike of the Eighties and its Miners’ Gala remains to be a fixture within the UK’s socialist calendar.