Councillor Tom Anderson, who represents Greasby, Frankby & Irby, was chosen unanimously to lead the Conservative’s 23 councillors on Wirral Council.
Councillor Anderson, 34, takes over from Councillor Jeff Green, who will take up the position of Deputy Mayor at the Council’s Annual meeting next week.
Cllr. Tom Anderson said, "I am humbled to have been chosen to lead Wirral's Conservative Group. I would like to pay tribute to my predecessors, Jeff Green and Ian Lewis, for their steadfast service to Wirral.
Our immediate priority is to ensure Wirral has a sustainable Local Plan that protects green belt, with necessary developments on brownfield sites only.
We have to support our residents, high streets and local businesses as we recover from the pandemic. The Government has given Wirral Council more than £200 million to support us through the COVID19 crisis and we need to ensure that this money is spent wisely and benefits the most in need."
Wirral Council is in no overall control, meaning that not one single party has a majority. The current make-up of Wirral Council is Labour - 30 seats, Conservatives 23 seats, Lib Dems six seats, Greens – five seats and Independents - two seats.
The new Leader of Wirral Conservatives went onto say: "It’s clear from the results not one Party has a mandate to govern alone. Negotiations with parties start this week and, as yet, it’s unclear who will lead the Council. The Conservatives will work constructively to ensure that the best outcomes for our residents."