Nick Forbes survives Labour leadership battle to stay in top Newcastle City Council job

Nick Forbes has survived a bid to take away him as Newcastle City Council’s Labour chief.

It emerged on election evening final Thursday that the figurehead’s place was underneath menace, with rival Nick Kemp mounting a leadership problem towards him.

But Coun Forbes is about for no less than one other yr in the top job after profitable a crunch vote on Monday evening.

He emerged victorious in a leadership election held on the Newcastle Labour group’s annual assembly, by a margin of 30 to 22.

But whereas Coun Forbes has stored maintain of his place, there might be a big shake-up of the town’s Labour leadership.

West Fenham councillor Karen Kilgour defeated Coun Forbes’ long-serving deputy, Joyce McCarty, in the deputy leadership race with 28 votes to 24.

Coun Kilgour at the moment holds the well being and social care portfolio on the council’s cupboard, however is seen as an ally of Coun Kemp.

Councillor Karen Kilgour

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

The Arthur’s Hill ward councillor can also be one of many Labour Party’s most senior native authorities voices in the nation, main the social gathering’s group on the Local Government Association and sitting in Keir Starmer’s shadow cupboard.

Coun Kemp, who represents the Byker ward, was beforehand a high-profile member of Coun Forbes’ cupboard, with duty for points resembling buying and selling requirements and bin collections in his function as cupboard member for environmental and regulatory companies.

But he sensationally give up the cupboard final summer season in a bitter row in which he claimed that he was being undermined by “fixed sniping” and “private animosities”.

Labour misplaced two seats in Newcastle eventually week’s elections, each to the Newcastle Independents in the outer west of the town, and noticed cupboard member for transport Arlene Ainsley lose her place in the council chamber.

However, the town’s ruling social gathering clung onto swing seats in Ouseburn and North Jesmond and maintained a robust majority on the council – the place it boasts 52 out of 78 seats.

Labour’s fortunes had been far worse elsewhere in the area.

The social gathering misplaced management of Durham County Council for the primary time in nearly 100 years, prompting chief Simon Henig to resign, and completed a distant second in the Hartlepool by-election.

Labour additionally misplaced 9 seats in Sunderland and noticed the Conservatives acquire an general majority in Northumberland.



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