ELECTED mayor Peter Davies has brought in two new faces to his cabinet - but upset Labour by missing the meeting where they were named.
Liberal Democrat Paul Coddington and Conservative Barbara Hotle were named as cabinet members at the council’s annual general meeting at the Mansion House yesterday.
They replace two councillors - Mark Thompson and Ray Mulllis - who lost their seats at the local elections earlier this month. Both were standing as independents.
Coun Coddington takes the job previously held by Mr Thompson, as cabinet member for finance, corporate services and environment.
Coun Hoyle takes over Mr Mullis’ post as cabinet member for housing. Coun Patricia Schofield remains as the deputy mayor.
Coun Cynthia Ransome remains as cabinet member for community, street scene and environmental protection and Coun Eric Tatton-Kelly is still the cabinet member for children and young people.
Labour again declined to take seats on the cabinet, with group leader Glyn Jones stating that his party, which holds 50 of the council seats, would provide a strong opposition to Mr Davies.
Mr Davies said Labour were offered two seats in his cabinet last year.
Before the meeting he had said that, until they had a more positive working relationship, that would not change.
Yesterday’s meeting was the first time Coun Jones had spoken in the council chamber as Labour leader, since he was appointed after the local elections to replace Coun Sandra Holland, who had announced she would stand down from the post before the ballot.
He used the meeting to criticise Mr Davies for not attending.
He is currently on holiday in Scotland and Coun Schofield stood in for him.
Coun Jones said: “I am appalled Mayor Davies has not attended today’s meeting and has instead chosen to spend his time watching horse racing.”