Conservatives to take minority control of Derby City Council


Since the Local elections in Derby on the 3rd of May, lengthy and detailed discussions have taken place between the leaders of the Liberal Democrat, UKIP and Conservative groups in the City.

It has been agreed, that at the AGM of Derby City Council on the 23rd May, a proposal will be put forward that the Conservative group should form a minority administration to run the City from Wednesday 23rd May (evening).

In preparation the Conservatives have made changes to their leadership team with Cllr Chris Poulter elected as their Leader with Cllr Mathew Holmes as Deputy Leader, a role he has held before leading to the 2010 Conservative-led administration and until 2016 when he took the position of leader.

This change was proposed by Councillor Holmes due to his ongoing work commitments and will ensure the strongest possible leadership arrangements are in place to lead the council.

The new Conservative Council administration would, initially, take the form of a Leader and Cabinet model made up of Conservative members on the understanding that arrangements are made for the Council to move towards the adoption of a Committee system of governance, at the earliest practicable opportunity. A cross party working group would be established to facilitate this transitional process.

Newly appointed Conservative leader, Cllr Chris Poulter (pictured left) said, “The adoption of a committee system, a far more open and inclusive way of running the council that involves all political parties and councillors, was a key Conservative pledge in the recent local elections.

We are happy that we have support to pursue that and have it implemented along with the rest of our manifesto pledges to take the City forward.”

It has also been agreed that Lib Dem Councillor Mike Carr will be nominated for the role of Mayor of the City of Derby and that Conservative Cllr Frank Harwood will be proposed as his Deputy for the next Municipal year 2018/19.