Wheels now in mo­tion to find re­place­ment leader

Macclesfield Express - - JONES RESIGNATION -

THE process of ap­point­ing a new coun­cil leader is set to be­gin this week.

Nom­i­na­tion pa­pers are ex­pected to go out in a mat­ter of days.

All 53 Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lors can put them­selves for­ward to be leader but re­quire other coun­cil­lors to pro­pose and sec­ond them on the nom­i­na­tion form.

Coun­cil­lors will meet on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 14 to vote on who should be­come leader of the Con­ser­va­tive group.

At the next full coun­cil meet­ing on Fe­bru­ary 17, all 82 Cheshire East coun­cil­lors will vote on who will be the next coun­cil leader.

Other par­ties can nom­i­nate their own can­di­dates but as the ma­jor­ity group the Con­ser­va­tives will have the ma­jor say.

Coun Jones said ballot pa­pers will go out on De­cem­ber 21 and coun­cil­lors will have 14 days to re­spond.

He said: “There is no way I will re­main as leader of this coun­cil. I’ve cleared my of­fice, I’m gone. I’ve no in­ter­est in stay­ing. I want unity in my party.”

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