May 25, 2010 4.03 pm This story is over 162 months old

It’s official: City Council is now Conservative

Conservative Council: Lib-Dem Cllr Helen Heath voted blue at the AGM on Tuesday, though she didn’t form a coalition.

The City of Lincoln Council has a Conservative administration, following a vote at the council’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday, May 25th.

After almost three weeks of uncertainty the Council had no ruling majority, comprising 16 Conservative councillors, 16 Labour councillors and one Liberal Democrat councillor.

Liberal Democrat Carholme Ward Councillor, Helen Heath

Liberal Democrat, Councillor Helen Heath had the deciding vote in the council chamber at the AGM, choosing to vote in favour of a Conservative administration.

She has not however, formed a coalition with the Conservative group and will continue to vote on an issue-by-issue basis, depending on her preference.

“My decision has been reached after consideration of local needs, and has not been dictated by colleagues in Westminster,” Heath told The Lincolnshire Echo.

The following councillors will now take on portfolios, making up the Executive Committee:

  • Corporate Management – Councillor Darren Grice
  • Health and Recreational Services – Councillor Alister Williams
  • Environmental Sustainability – Councillor Yvonne Bodger
  • Community Cohesion and Neighbourhood Working – Councillor Jane Clark
  • Planning Policy and Economic Regeneration – Councillor Marc Jones
  • Public Protection – Councillor Hilton Spratt
  • Customer Services – Councillor Sandra Gratrick
  • Housing – Councillor Eddie Strengiel
Source, Photo: City of Lincoln Council | Related reports: Lincolnshire Echo