Louise Gittins

Leadership changes at Cheshire West

Louise Gittins is set to take over as leader of Cheshire West & Chester Council after the ruling Labour group lost its majority at this month’s elections.

Gittins, formerly deputy leader, takes over from Sam Dixon who has led the council since 2015.

The Labour group had a majority of just one seat prior to the elections on 2 May, but relinquished control of the council after losing three seats. It remains the largest party in terms of seats with 35; 36 seats are needed for a majority.

Gittins represents the Little Neston ward, and is currently cabinet member for communities and wellbeing. She also sits on the Ellesmere Port and Neston district advisory panel, and the council’s health and wellbeing board. Her appointment is expected to be confirmed at a council meeting on 21 May.

The Conservative group, which lost seven seats despite gaining a higher percentage of the public vote, has also changed leadership with Lynn Riley stepping down, again being replaced by her deputy, Margaret Parker.

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Well deserved appointment. Louise knows her area very well and is very connected to what is going on. I hope her leadership duties don’t change this.