ABSTENTIONS GIVE CONSERVATIVES CONTROL OF COUNCIL

ABSTENTIONS GIVE  LEWES CONSERVATIVES CONTROL OF LEWES DISTRICT COUNCIL

A Conservative councillor is leader of the council after winning an election at the first meeting of the new council by 18 votes to 14 with 7 Liberal-Democrat abstentions on Monday night.

The Lib Dems wanted their candidate for council leader to be backed by the Greens, Labour and independent councillors but couldn’t win their backing instead Greens, Labour and Independents voted for Lewes’ Green Councillor Zoe Nicholson who stood on a platform of sharing power between various groups. The Lib Dems abstained knowing full well this meant the Tory would win, which he did. The leader of the council picks the council cabinet, which takes many key decisions without consulting full council.

All the new Cabinet members appear to be Conservatives.