Andrew Western

Western takes the reins in Trafford

Cllr Andrew Western, leader of Trafford’s Labour group, was last night formally named as the council’s new leader, taking over from Conservative Sean Anstee.

Labour officially took charge of the authority at last night’s AGM after signing an agreement with the Liberal Democrats, which will see them giving support on key issues – a formal alliance has not been agreed.

At the 3 May election, Labour became the largest party in Trafford, gaining four seats to take their total to 30, one more than the Conservatives. The Green Party took two seats, while the Lib Dems’ retention of two seats gave it the balance of power.

Theresa Grant, Trafford Council’s chief executive, said: “I look forward to working with the new administration, supported by a team of outstanding council officers, who will work with members to ensure that we are providing the best possible services and facilities for Trafford residents.”

Western said: “There is a huge challenge ahead, with the impact of austerity continuing to have a devastating effect on Trafford’s budget.

“Our priority will be to deliver the best possible front line services for residents whilst tackling inequality and protecting our local environment. Moving ahead, we’re open for business and are absolutely committed to driving Trafford forward.”

Cllr Ray Bowker, leader of the Lib Dem group, said: “The Liberal Democrat group is very pleased that a good working relationship has been agreed with the Labour group.

“We are confident this partnership will provide the Borough of Trafford and its residents with much improved services and environment.”

Membership of the council’s executive will be announced in due course, along with individual portfolios.

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