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York Council Labour Group elects new leader - Janet Looker


Deputy Leader of City of York Council Labour Group, Coun. Stuart Barnes said:
“I am pleased to announce that following an election held within City of York Council’s Labour Group this evening, Councillor Janet Looker has been elected the new Leader of the Labour Group.
“This follows the recent decision of Councillor Dafydd Williams to step down as leader in order to focus more time on his family and career.
“Coun. Janet Looker becomes the leader of the council’s largest political group and main opposition to the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition administration.
"I'd like to welcome Coun. Looker to the role, as the Labour Group works to provide effective and constructive opposition to the coalition administration."
Coun. Looker said:
"Being in opposition is a huge challenge and one that I’m looking forward to taking on. I’d like to give thanks to my Labour colleagues for placing their trust in me as we look to make sure that the Tory-Lib Dem coalition administration is fully held to account.
“The funding outlook for York continues to be bleak with the Conservative Government looking to drive their politically motivated austerity programme for the foreseeable future. The Labour Group in York will work to show where alternatives can be found in order to maintain frontline services, promote a strong local economy and protect the city’s most vulnerable.
“The Labour Group don’t believe that our poorest residents should be targeted to pay for ‘nice to have’ services.”
"I thank Councillor Dafydd Williams for leading the group through a challenging period of change and reflection.  I know he will be a huge benefit to the Labour Group from the backbenches and will look forward to challenging the administration where appropriate”.
Councillor Looker has been a councillor 30 years, so brings a wealth of experience to the role.  She has served in a number of portfolio roles both in council control and in opposition.  She has also served in a variety of other important roles during her time on the council.

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