Fenland District Council to hold extraordinary meeting to formally elect new leader

PUBLISHED: 16:55 23 December 2009 | UPDATED: 09:25 02 June 2010

A NEW leader of Fenland District Council will be formally elected at an extraordinary meeting of the council on Thursday January 14. It is expected there will be battle between a group of senior councillors for the £15,000 leader s job following the decis

A NEW leader of Fenland District Council will be formally elected at an extraordinary meeting of the council on Thursday January 14.

It is expected there will be battle between a group of senior councillors for the £15,000 leader's job following the decision by Councillor Geoff Harper to quit in the light of the email-gate scandal.

Cllr Harper's resignation takes effect from December 31 and those in the running for his job are thought to include Councillors Alan Melton, John Clark, Kit Owen, Ken Mayor, Peter Tunley and Jonathan Farmer.

The new leader of the Conservative Group will be elected by members at a special meeting on January 7 and seven days later that councillor will be formally elected as leader of Fenland District Council.

Deputy leader Councillor Fred Yeulett was ousted after losing a vote of confidence over his handling of the email-gate affair which involved himself and Cllr Harper going to chief executive Tim Pilsbury to complain about the contents of a 'strictly private and confidential' email that had been circulated by Cllr Melton.


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