Leader of Cornwall Council elected

Adam Paynter is the new Leader of Cornwall Council Credit: Cornwall Council

A Liberal Democrat led administration will “put people first” according to the new Cornwall Council leader.

Adam Paynter, leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Cornwall Council, has been elected Leader of the Council in a joint administration with the Independent Group. Julian German of the Independents will serve as Deputy Leader.

Speaking about the new administration, Cllr Paynter said:

The new leader has vowed to deliver on the Cornwall Devolution Deal, putting forward arguments for further powers and funding. "Cornwall understands Cornwall and we need the ability to deliver the solutions to our own problems, in particular powers over planning and housing" he says.

The council leader is pledging to:

  • increase funding to Adult Social Care

  • invest in excess of £200 million in building 1000 council houses

  • extend the living wage foundations to all council contracts

But alongside promises of cash injections in certain areas, Cllr Paynter says he understands that "we live in difficult financial times and I will ensure we utilise our finances as well as possible".

As a leader he pledges to work cross-party: