THE cabinet which will run Denbighshire County Council as a result of a deal between Labour and Plaid Cymru has been announced.

Before May's elections the council had been run by the independents with the Conservatives as junior partners and prime minister Boris Johnson had visited the county at the end of April to offfer his support.

But the Conservatives lost ground, with cabinet members including the former group leader falling at the ballot box, with Labour and Plaid Cymru making advances though no party won overall control.

The nine member cabinet will be lead by Labour's Cllr Jason McLellan, who has been voted leader of the cabinet, and it will include three Plaid Cymru members.

However the council's deputy leader will be another Labour councillor, Gill German. She is the cabinet member for  education, children and families.

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The three Plaid Cymru members of the cabinet are group leader Rhys Thomas, Gwyneth Ellis, who who will hold the finance portfolio, and Cllr Emrys Wynne who will be the leader member for Welsh language, culture and heritage.

They remaining Labour members are Cllr Elen Heaton (lead member for health and social care); Cllr Julie Matthews (lead member for corporate strategy, policy and equalities); Cllr Barry Mellor (lead member for environment and transport) and Cllr Win-Mullen James (lead member for local development and planning)

The National Wales: Cllr Jason McLellanCllr Jason McLellan (Image: Picture: DCC)

 

Cllr McLellan, who as well as leading the council will be responsible for economic growth and tackling deprivation, said: “Following my election as leader I am pleased to announce my cabinet.

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"The authority faces a number of challenges ahead.

"My priorities are reflected in the strong team I have selected from both the Labour group and in working with Plaid Cymru.”

Plaid's Cllr Rhys Thomas said: “This will be a way of implementing Plaid Cymru policies on matters of vital importance to the residents of Denbighshire.

"Such is the common ground between our two groups that we can now drive forward the policies that will deliver on matters like financial priorities, housing and supporting all our Welsh communities whether rural or urban.”

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