By Tony Earnshaw Local Democracy Reporter
LABOUR members in Kirklees have re-elected Shabir Pandor as the group’s leader.
Long-serving veteran Peter McBride will be his deputy.
Posting on social media, Coun Pandor (Batley West), who is also council leader, wrote: “Delighted to be re-elected, unopposed, as Leader of @kirkleeslabour. Also, pleased to confirm that Coun Peter McBride has been elected as Deputy Leader.”
The Labour group will re-draw the make-up of its cabinet in the run-up to the next full council meeting on May 22. Commenting on what could be a shake-up of members and roles Coun Pandor said: “I have 36 councillors and I need to see what each and every one of them has in terms of their abilities and skills.
“I also need to look at what individual members want and what their aspirations are. It’s a big task.
“There’s a nomination process and people might want to move around. Things do not stay static.
“The key thing moving forward is to ensure that we have stability and that we strive to meet the ambitions in our budget and other plans.”
Coun David Hall (Liversedge & Gomersal), leader of the Conservative group, was also re-elected along with his deputy, Coun John Taylor (Kirkburton).
The Liberal Democrats will elect their leaders at an annual general meeting on May 15. Coun John Lawson (Cleckheaton) is leader with Coun Cahal Burke (Lindley) deputy and group business manager.
For the Greens, Coun Andrew Cooper (Newsome) is expected to be re-elected as group leader with ward colleague Coun Karen Allison as business manager. The group does not have a deputy.
Coun Charles Greaves (Holme Valley North) is expected to be re-elected as leader of the Independents.