Lib Dem re-elected council leader as parties agree to work together

Local Liberal Democrats have welcomed the re-election of Chris White as leader of St Albans City and District Council for a second year.

He was elected at a meeting of the full council on Wednesday 21 May, which was held online to maintain social distancing.

Chris White re-elected leader of St Albans councilChris White’s election follows an agreement by the Liberal Democrat, Labour, Green and Independent groups to work more closely together over the next year on St Albans district council to deliver on key issues, including:

  • Covid-19 recovery, including supporting local businesses
  • The climate emergency
  • Housing provision, and
  • Making the council more democratic and accountable to the public.

Chris White, pictured right, said after the meeting: “I’m delighted to have been elected leader again at what is a particularly challenging time for local authorities across the country.

“In the coming year, much of our focus will be on the Council’s finances as we battle against the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has reduced our revenues and added to our costs.

“However, we remain determined to deliver on our priorities that include tackling the climate emergency and delivering more social housing.

“I have also initiated a review of our structure as I believe a committee system, like that used by neighbouring Three Rivers District Council, may be a better way of conducting our business.

“I look forward to working with any group which is genuinely committed to serving the district in these areas.”

The full cabinet is: Chris White, Leader and Portfolio Holder (PH) for Climate, Environment and Transport;  Jamie Day, PH for Planning; Robert Donald, PH for Commercial, Development and Wellbeing; Mandy McNeil, PH for Business, Tourism and Culture; Anthony Rowlands, Deputy Leader and PH for Leisure, Heritage and Public Realm; Jacqui Taylor, PH for Housing, Inclusion and Protection; and Karen Young, PH for Resources.

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