Newcastle City Council leader reacts to party split after surviving challenge from Labour rival

Newcastle’s council leader has spoken out after surviving a challenge to his place, amid a party split that has seen his long-serving deputy ousted.

Nick Forbes secured a fifteenth yr on the head of Newcastle Labour on Monday evening, seeing off rival Nick Kemp in a management contest.

The council leader retained his place by a margin of 30 votes to 22 at a gathering of town council’s ruling Labour group, which means that greater than 40% of Labour councillors backed eradicating him.

But his deputy, Joyce McCarty, was defeated – with West Fenham councillor Karen Kilgour, an ally of Coun Kemp, changing her.

Coun Forbes, who sits in Keir Starmer’s shadow cupboard, has now referred to as for the party to unite behind him after his victory.

He mentioned: “We are proud to be a democratic party and as such we maintain inside elections for key roles yearly.

“I’m delighted to have the arrogance and assist of my colleagues for the fifteenth yr in a row and, now this contest is over, I look ahead to the group uniting behind me as we tackle our political opponents.”

Coun Nick Forbes at Sports Central at Northumbria University in the course of the native Newcastle elections vote depend

Coun Forbes has been leader of the Labour group since 2007 and of the council since 2011, when Labour reclaimed energy from the Liberal Democrats.

Throughout that point, Coun McCarty has served as his second in command – so her defeat, with 24 votes in contrast to Coun Kilgour’s 28, will imply a big energy shift on the high of Newcastle Labour.

The party can also be with out one other of its most distinguished figures forward of an impending cupboard reshuffle, after transport chief Arlene Ainsley misplaced her seat finally week’s native elections.

Coun McCarty mentioned: “I would love to congratulate Karen and want her all the perfect in her new position in supporting the work of the leader of the council. I’ve loved my time as deputy leader.

“I’ve spent 14 years as Labour group deputy and 10 years as deputy leader of the council.

“It has been very difficult having to cope with Tory austerity and associated central authorities cuts however, with Nick Forbes’ management, I imagine we’ve made nice strides as a metropolis below Labour.

“I’m happy that each Newcastle Labour group and the individuals of town have given Nick Forbes their assist and confidence over the past week. It’s time to work collectively for the great of town.”

ChronicleReside has tried to contact each Coun Kemp and Coun Kilgour.

Labour misplaced two seats in Newcastle finally week’s elections, however retains a considerable majority on the council – with 52 out of 78 seats.



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