Local News & Archive — June 14, 2017 at 10:31 am — Updated: June 14, 2017 at 10:32 am

Conwy Council coalition awaits Plaid decision


Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood says her party has yet to approve a coalition group formed to run Conwy County Council.

Five Plaid councillors have joined forces with four Conservative members and one independent councillor (Anne McCafferey) in the new look Cabinet at Bodlondeb. The Labour group decided not to join the group.

Plaid Craig-y-Don councillor Gareth Jones was elected last month as the council’s new leader. But the new administration needs to be ratified by the party’s National Executive Council before it’s made official.

In a statement, Mrs Wood said Plaid noted Councillor Jones’ proposals, but added: ”All proposed council administrations must be considered and either approved or rejected by the party democratically, to ensure that they are in the best interests of the governance of Wales and our communities…no administrations are recognised as official by Plaid Cymru until they are ratified.”

Councillor Jones, a former Conwy AM, said the cabinet would be an ongoing, open administration ”not driven by any political agenda”, but he wanted to make appointments now so that ”the important business of the council can continue without delay.”

The Conservatives gained three councillors at last month’s local elections, while Plaid and Labour lost two each. 14 of the 21 independent councillors make up the Conwy First group, led by the opposition leader Goronwy Edwards, who lost the leadership vote to Mr Jones by a single vote.

The deputy leader of the council is the Tories’ Cheryl Carlisle, with former Abergele mayor Sam Rowlands as member for finance and resources and the sole independent member, Anne McCaffrey, as member for democracy, law and modernisation.

SEE ALSO: Election 2017 – Conwy County Council results


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