Decision details

Election of Leader of the Council

Decision Maker: Council

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Nominations were invited for the election of the Leader of the Council.


The following nominations were submitted:-


Councillor Sam Corcoran.

Councillor Janet Clowes.




An amendment to replace recommendation 2.1 with the following wording was proposed and seconded:-


“That the appointment of the Leader of the Council be for one year only, and that the Constitution be amended accordingly”.


Following the debate on the amendment, a requisition for a named vote was submitted. The amendment was put to the meeting with the following results:-




Councillors M Addison, M Asquith, R Bailey, M Beanland, M Benson, J Clowes, S Davies, T Dean, S Edgar, JP Findlow, A Gage, S Gardiner, P Groves, S Holland, A Kolker, C Leach, A Martin, K Parkinson, P Redstone, J Saunders, M Sewart, M Simon, L Smetham, J Smith, D Stockton, L Wardlaw, J Weatherill, and J Wray.




Councillors Q Abel, S Akers Smith, J Barber, L Brathwaite, J Bratherton, S Brookfield, C Browne, J Buckley, C Bulman, P Butterill, S Carter, S Corcoran, L Crane, A Critchley, D Edwardes, B Evans, H Faddes, A Farrall, K Flavell, R Fletcher, D Flude, T Fox, M Goldsmith, S Handley, A Harewood, S Hogben, M Houston, M Hunter, D Jefferay, L Jeuda, I Macfarlane, N Mannion, A Moran, R Moreton, D Murphy, J Nicholas, J Parry, B Puddicombe, J Rhodes, B Roberts, A Stott, R Vernon, M Warren and P Williams.




Councillors B Burkhill, B Murphy and L Roberts.


The amendment was declared lost, with 28 votes for, 44 against and 3 not voting.


Following the named vote, the substantive motion was voted upon, by show of hands, with the following results:-


Councillor Sam Corcoran – 43 votes.

Councillor Janet Clowes – 25 votes.

2 not voting




That Councillor Sam Corcoran be elected as Leader of the Council for a four year term of office.


Following his election, the Leader of the Council reported and circulated details of his Cabinet members and their portfolios as follows:-


Leader                                                               - Cllr S Corcoran

Deputy Leader                                                   - Cllr C Browne


Cabinet members

Children & Families                                           - Cllr D Flude

Adult Social Care & Health                                - Cllr L Jeuda

Public Health & Corporate services                   - Cllr J Rhodes

Communities                                                      - Cllr M Warren

Planning                                                             - Cllr T Fox

Highways & Waste                                             - Cllr B Roberts

Environment & Regeneration                             - Cllr N Mannion

Finance, IT & Communications                          - Cllr A Stott




1.               That the report of the Leader of the Council regarding his Cabinet and their portfolios be noted.


2.               That delegated authority be granted to the Monitoring Officer to make any consequential amendments to the Constitution.


Publication date: 03/07/2019

Date of decision: 22/05/2019

Decided at meeting: 22/05/2019 - Council

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