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New Leader of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council appointed

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Leader of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, Cllr Chris Watkins. (Image credit: Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council)

Labour is now in full control of the council.

During a full Council meeting yesterday evening, the Labour Party officially appointed their new Leader and Cabinet members of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council.

Following a majority win at the recent local elections, Labour is now in full control of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council.

Cllr Chris Watkins was officially appointed as Leader of the Borough Council alongside Cllr Jill Sheppard as Deputy Leader. 

Cllr Watkins, Leader of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, said: “We are thrilled to be taking control of the Borough Council, which is the first time that Labour has had full control since 2016.

“We have built a new Labour Group under my leadership, and we are committed to bring back civility and good manners to the Council Chamber.

“Our reshaped Cabinet is very much looking forward to developing a better way of working with officers, focusing on regenerating and driving our Borough forward.

“We are committed to listening to our communities and are determined to deliver a vision for the Borough that exceeds their needs and expectations.”

The appointments made at the meeting:

Mayor – Cllr Bill Hancox
Deputy Mayor – Cllr Bhim Saru

Portfolio Holders:

Cllr Chris Watkins (Stockingford West) – Housing
Cllr Steve Hey (Attleborough) – Resources and Customer Services
Cllr Tim Jenkins (Exhall) – Leisure, Communities and Health
Cllr Jill Sheppard (St Mary's) – Environment and Public Services
Cllr Nicola King (Stockingford East) – Business and Regeneration         
Cllr Rob Roze (Heath) – Planning and Enforcement

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