Craig Browne elected as leader of the Independent Group


Members of the Independent Group at Cheshire East Council met on Tuesday, 7th May, for the first time since the recent election and decided unanimously to elect Councillor Craig Browne as the Group Leader.

Prior to last week's local election, the previous Group Leader Councillor Arthur Moran (Nantwich) had announced his decision to step down in order to allow a younger member to take the group forward beyond the election.

Councillor Craig Browne said "On behalf of the group, I would like to record our thanks to Arthur and pay tribute to his service as Group Leader, as well as Deputy Mayor & Mayor of Cheshire East."

He added "As Group Leader, I am already heavily involved in the negotiations which are taking place in an attempt to ensure that Cheshire East functions effectively. Following last week's elections the Council has moved to a position of No Overall Control for the first time in its history.

"Discussions with the other political groups are already taking place; however, the Independent Group, which has spearheaded the Change Cheshire East campaign over the last twelve months, sees the abolition of the current cabinet system as non-negotiable. We were also clear that any potential for an agreement with the Conservative Group would require a change in the leadership of that group."

Craig Browne was re-elected to represent the Alderley Edge ward on Cheshire East Council on Thursday, 2nd May.

Having won the seat as an Alderley Edge First candidate from Conservative Frank Keegan at the last election in 2015, Craig secured nearly 77% of the vote.

At last week's local election the Conservatives lost their majority on Cheshire East Council for the first time since the council was formed in April 2009.

Conservatives now occupy 34 of the 82 seats, down from 48 prior to this week's local elections, whilst those representing local groups, such as Alderley Edge First, Residents of Wilmslow and Handforth Ratepayer's Association, won 19 seats.

Labour gained nine seats to take their number of members to 25and the Liberal Democrats also gained two seats to take their total to 4.

Cheshire East Council, Craig Browne


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Alan Brough
Thursday 9th May 2019 at 4:27 pm

Congratulations on your appointment.

I am sure that with your proven abilities and the shift in the balance of power at CE, you will shine a light where previously there was none!
Manuel Golding
Friday 10th May 2019 at 7:08 pm
Craig I hope you will forgive me for trespassing onto this news site from my usual Wilmslow territory!!
Congratulations on becoming the Independent Group leader on CEC. I wish you well in your efforts along with our four Residents of Wilmslow councillors. We are firmly united that our voices will be heard within the new council, voices that have routinely been ignored by an arrogant, deaf, uninterested, couldn't care less Conservative leadership which was "loyally" supported by its Wilmslow Conservative "yes-men".
Times in Cheshire East are a changing for the better.
Malcolm Gatley
Tuesday 14th May 2019 at 5:01 pm
Congratulations. It is great to have a representative who answers our questions. Pity we still ahve to deal with Cheshire East who seem to be one of the worst Councils in the country
Muhammad Rafique
Tuesday 14th May 2019 at 7:05 pm
Congratulations, Craig

Doing better than the previous leadership at Cheshire East is easy!
Jon Williams
Tuesday 14th May 2019 at 8:10 pm
Bring back Cheshire County Council