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Leader of Carlisle City Council appointed

A new Leader of Carlisle City Council has been appointed following the sudden death of Councillor Joe Hendry in May.

Councillor Colin Glover was appointed by fellow councillors at their full council meeting.

“It is a privilege to have been appointed to serve as Leader of Carlisle City Council and to continue the work to deliver the ambitious vision that began under Joe’s leadership.

"The City of Carlisle is a special place and we have every reason to feel confident about our future.

"I am looking forward to working with all our businesses, communities and partners as we write the next chapter in the story of Carlisle together."

– Councillor Colin Glover, Leader of Carlisle City Council

Councillor Glover is a ward councillor for Currock and has previously served as the Deputy Leader of the Council. He was also the Portfolio holder for Economy and Enterprise.

The new Leader has appointed Councillor Elsie Martlew to be the new Deputy Leader of the Council and Councillor Heather Bradley will join the Executive as Portfolio Holder for Economy and Enterprise.

Cumbria County Council elects new leader

Labour's Stewart Young, from Carlisle, has been elected as the new leader of Cumbria County Council.

His party won the most seats at the recent county council elections and will run the council in coalition with the Liberal Democrats.

Liberal Democrat Jo Stephenson, from Windermere, has been elected deputy leader.

For the previous four years the Conservatives were the biggest party on the county council and were in coalition with Labour, but Labour became the biggest party at this month's elections.

"Clearly the financial crisis is looming over everything else and we need to tackle that and we will tackle that but I think as well as that we need to invest in the county.

"There's a desperate need to bring additional jobs."

– Councillor Stewart Young

James Airey, from Ulverston, will be the Conservative and opposition leader.

The Conservatives say they fear that rural areas will lose out under the new administration.

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