New leader calls for unity

Coun Eileen Blamire 1
Coun Eileen Blamire 1
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THE new leader of Lancaster City Council has admitted the role might turn out to be a “poisoned chalice”.

Coun Eileen Blamire, leader of the Labour group on the city council, was referring to the fact that four other council leaders in the recent past had all subsequently lost their seats in elections.

But Coun Blamire, who has served on council for 24 years and was voted in as leader unopposed, also said: “I do want to work across the council and I want to listen to everybody.

“I want people to try not to be confrontational and we all work for this district as a whole.”

While Labour are the largest party on the city council they do not have an overall majority.

So they have formed an alliance with the Green party to form the cabinet.

See The Visitor (25-05-11) for full story.