Wirral Council’s Labour Leader Retains Control After Talks

Despite her party’s lack of a majority after the local elections, Labour councillor Janette Williamson remains the council’s leader.

Labour has 26 of Wirral’s 66 seats after losing two to the Greens and one to the Conservatives earlier this month.

Ms Williamson was overwhelmingly approved to continue heading Wirral Council at the annual meeting following negotiations between the four main parties.

It was a “great honor,” she remarked.

At the local elections, Labour won 26 seats, just two more than the Conservatives, who gained one, while the Greens now have nine councillors after two victories.

“It has been a challenging year for the council, but we are turning things around, and I do feel we are improving, and we will continue to improve,” Ms Williamson said.

“It’s a tremendous honor to return to this position.”

At the meeting at Wallasey Town Hall, Labour councillor Jean Robinson was also named deputy leader of the council, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

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