October 25, 2019 1.50 pm This story is over 48 months old

New administration formed for West Lindsey puts Tories on top

The move gives the council leader a potential two-seat majority

A new partnership between the Conservatives and an independent at West Lindsey District Council has given the Tory leadership a new majority in support.

Authority leader Councillor Giles McNeill announced the formation of the cross-party West Lindsey Administration Group this week which saw the 18 Conservative members supported by Independent Councillor for Dunholme and Welton ward Diana Rodgers.

The move gives Councillor McNeill – who also takes on the mantle of the new group’s leader – a potential two-seat majority, having previously drawn with the 18 opposition party councillors (Liberal Democrat 12, Lincolnshire Independent 2, Gainsborough Independent 2, Independent 1).

Being a committee led council, the leader does not believe there will be any major shake-ups in the higher ranks and said he would not be having a reshuffle.

New West Lindsey District Council leader Councillor Giles McNeill next to his deputy Councillor Owen Bierley. Photo: Daniel Jaines

“It’s steady as she goes and continue to deliver for the local people, keeping their council tax low,” he urged.

However, the move does put him in a solid position to push through some of his policies with a majority vote of 19 against the opposition of 17.

Following May’s local elections, North Kesteven District Council leader Richard Wright undertook a similar move after he faced losing overall control of the authority.

Councillor Wright instead created the North Kesteven Administration Group and invited unaligned councillor Steven Clegg and Lincolnshire Independent Mervyn Head sit on his executive while retaining their own allegiances.

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