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Michael Jones poised to become new leader of Cheshire East Council after winning Tory vote

Current finance chief Michael Jones is poised to become the new leader of Cheshire East council. Coun Jones was elected as the new leader of the council's conservative group by fellow Tory councillors in a vote on Saturday morning.

Current finance chief Michael Jones is poised to become the new leader of the council.

Coun Jones was elected as the new leader of the Cheshire East conservative group by fellow Tory councillors in a vote on Saturday morning.

He beat Poynton councillor Howard Murray in the ballot by around 30 votes to 18.

He is expected to be formally appointed leader at a full meeting of the Conservative-controlled council in May after a vote.

Current leader councillor Wesley Fitzgerald announced two weeks ago he was to step down after four years at the helm.

And Coun Jones won the support of fellow councillors to replace him at the vote at the council’s Westfields HQ in Sandbach.

Jones, a former investment banker, only joined the council last May and has served on the cabinet since September.

It was a straight contest him and Coun Murray after both current deputy Roland Domleo and cabinet member David Brown pulled out citing personal reasons.

In a letter to councillors last week, Jones said he would be a ‘hands-on’ leader and promised to radically change the authority.

Coun Murray refused to comment.

Current Leader of Cheshire East Council Wesley Fitzgerald said: "I am pleased to say that I think Councillor Michael Jones will make an excellent Leader and am confident he will lead Cheshire East as its starts this new chapter.

"Once elected, the challenge for the new Leader is to form a new Cabinet and make the appointments necessary to give the utmost strength to the future policy making of the Council. We are now in this transitional period whilst we await the new Leader being voted in at the Council on May 16."

Cheshire East Council Chief Executive Erika Wenzel said: "I look forward to working with the new Leader and Cabinet in carrying on the outstanding work of Wesley Fitzgerald."

For the full story see next week’s edition of the Express.

 
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