Council coalition continues while leader stays in role

By Antony Gedge in Politics

CEREDIGION County Council will continue to be run by a Plaid Cymru, Independent and Independent Voice coalition after a deal was reached between the three groups.

That agreement will see Cllr Ellen ap Gwynn, the Plaid Cymru group leader on the council, continue as leader of the authority, with the Independent group chair Ray Quant continuing as the council’s deputy leader.

The three-group coalition was in power during the last council term and will continue with the Welsh Liberal Democrats’ eight councillors acting as opposition.

Cllr ap Gwynn said she was pleased to have won the backing of the majority of councillors, with only the eight Lib Dem councillors opposing her appointment as leader, and two abstentions.

She said: “I don’t think I’ve had 100 per cent support, but who could expect 100 per cent? I’m very proud the majority have seen fit to support me to continue as member of this august body.

“It’s been a privilege to lead the council for the past five years and an even greater privilege to be asked to continue as leader for more years.

“It hasn’t been easy. It was quite easy to begin with, but over the last three years we’ve been hit from all sides with cuts and it doesn’t seem to be coming to an end soon. There’s £3.7m to come off our expenditure this year.

“We must move forward positively to fight for the benefit of the people of Ceredigion to spend the scarce resources we have wisely, prudently and consistently across the county as far as we can and also fight for Ceredigion on the Welsh stage to ensure we get fair play.”

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