Pendle Council has new leader

FILLIP:  Coun. Iqbal hands over the cheque to residents' association chairman Kath Bryan and Kaneez Chaudhry (S)
FILLIP: Coun. Iqbal hands over the cheque to residents' association chairman Kath Bryan and Kaneez Chaudhry (S)
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Pendle Council has a new leader.

The leader of the council’s Labour group, Coun. Mohammed Iqbal, took over the role at last night’s annual council meeting after Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors voted through a vote of no confidence in the authority’s leader of the past three years, Conservative Coun. Joe Cooney.

The motion was proposed by Liberal Democrat and now deputy leader Coun. Tony Greaves, who emphasised the move was not a reflection on Coun. Cooney’s qualifications but was a procedural move necessary owing to what his group say is “nonsense legislation.”