With one 2-seat ward still undeclared, Liberal Democrats have joined an alliance with Labour and Independents to take control of Broxtowe Borough Council.
Just before the Council’s Annual Meeting on May 15, the Conservative Group conceded control after holding office since 2015, and veteran Labour councillor Milan Radulovic became the new leader with Liberal Democrat Steve Carr as Deputy.
The Chair of Planning went to David Watts, a previous council leader and newly re-elected for Bramcote ward, while Ian Tyler and Barbara Carr were appointed as committee vice-chairs. In the crucial confirmatory vote the Conservatives could only muster 19 (with one absentee) against 22 (14 Labour, 5 Liberal Democrats and 3 Independents).
The appointments of Mayor [Conservative] and Deputy Mayor [Labour] went unopposed; a possible sign that cross-party cooperation might help to heal some of the recent divisions within the Council.
The Stapleford South-East by-election takes place on June 13. Following the funeral of the Conservative candidate who died during the election, we are resuming the fight for these two seats, previously held until 2015. We expect to defeat (again) the new Conservative candidate who polled 14% fewer votes than our winning team in neighbouring Bramcote on May 2.