THE Labour group of Cheshire West and Chester Council has elected a new leader.
Ellesmere Port Cllr Justin Madders, 38, was chosen in a first past the post election involving all members of the Labour group who voted in a private meeting held at the council’s HQ Building in Chester.
The election follows the untimely death of Cllr Derek Bateman on July 30.
Cllr Madders said after the meeting: “I am very pleased to be leading the Labour group. We want to continue to be an effective and constructive opposition.
“I believe the council has the capacity to deliver real benefits for the people of Cheshire West and Chester despite the challenging economic environment.
“I believe in transparency and openness and my vision for the authority is a democratic and accountable body serving the people.
“It’s an honour to follow in Derek’s footsteps. I worked closely with him and his wisdom will be a guiding light for me,” he added.
The vote took place after a minute’s silence in memory of Cllr Bateman and an appreciation read by Deputy Leader, Cllr Pat Merrick.