New council leader for York
6:21am 26th May 2011
James Alexander will become the youngest council leader in England as Labour formally takes over control of City of York Council.
Alexander, aged just 29, led Labour to victory at the local elections on 5th May, gaining an overall majority after crushing the Liberal Democrats.
Labour officially takes charge in York at an annual meeting of City of York Council at 11am today.
James Alexander said:
"I am immensely proud to be taking on the leadership of City of York Council.
"I will work tirelessly to repay the people of York. Labour will always stick up for York in the face of the extremely damaging actions being taken by the Tory-led Government. We will be the people's voice in these difficult times.
"There will be tough decisions ahead for Labour as we deal with the savage cuts being imposed on us from Westminster. But I have already announced we are scrapping the £1.4 million second new council office which was planned by our Liberal Democrat predecessors, and Labour will be reversing almost £1 million of cuts recently agreed by Lib Dem and Conservative councillors.
From today City of York Council is under new management."
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