North Warwickshire Labour Group has a new Leader after former Group and Council Leader, Councillor Mick Stanley announced his decision to step down.
Councillor Adam Farrell, Borough Councillor for Coleshill North, was elected by his peers to lead the group of Labour Councillors on North Warwickshire Borough Council.
At just 23 years old, Councillor Farrell is now the youngest Labour Group Leader in the Country and will now lead the official opposition at the Borough Council.
Outgoing Labour Leader, Councillor Mick Stanley announced he would be standing down in December 2015 at a meeting of Labour Councillors.
He said, “I’ve been a Councillor for over 20 years and I’ve had the privilege of representing residents of Polesworth East on the Parish, Borough and County Council. Leading the Council during the last administration was a very proud moment for me but being a Councillor and being Leader is time intensive and I decided it was time for someone new and younger to take over the reigns as Leader. I’m confident under Adams leadership and enthusiasm, Labour will turn things around in North Warwickshire and will take back control of the Council in 2019.”
The new Labour Group Leader, Councillor Farrell said,
“I want to start by paying tribute to Councillor Mick Stanley who has now led the Labour Group for nearly 5 years, 4 of those also as Leader of the Council. Mick led a Council that froze Council tax for four years, built the new Coleshill Leisure Centre, invested in frontline services and protected the support provided by the Council for vulnerable people. Mick has been a Councillor since 1995 and is the type of person who comes into politics to help make a difference to local people and he leaves the position of Leader having achieved just that. I know he’ll continue to help local people in his role as Borough Councillor for Polesworth East.”
I’m delighted to have been elected to lead the Labour Group at North Warwickshire. It’s a real honour to be Leader of the Labour Group in the Borough where I have lived most of my life. I went to school here, I brought my first home here and most recently I have started my own family here with the birth of my son, Oliver.
In May 2015 the residents of Coleshill North gave me the honour of representing them on the Borough Council and even with this new position I will continue to stand up for the residents who elected me.
I care about North Warwickshire because its my home and the decisions made by the council impact on my family as well as the other thousands of families living in this Borough.
At the last election, despite a very successful 4 years as a Labour Council, national voting caused Labour to be voted out of power on the borough. I know we need to regain the trust of local people and my aim over the next three years is to talk to as many local people as possible so that Labour can prove we’re the party best placed to lead the Council after the next election.”