Row erupts over new town council leader

editorial image

HISTORY was made at South Elmsall Town Council’s annual meeting on Monday as it elected its first ever council leader.

Labour councillor Stephen Tulley was chosen by fellow members of the council for the role, and Labour councillor Bryan Capstick was chosen as deputy council leader.

This is the first time the positions have been part of the town council since it was established in 1972.

However, Independent councillor, Wilf Benson objected to the decision as he said he had not been consulted prior to the meeting as the agenda had been revised.

He said that he had not had time to study the new items - which included the appointment of the new roles.

Following the recent election, the council now has 12 of the 13 seats belonging to Labour councillors, and Coun Benson said the decision had been made about the new roles at a Labour meeting earlier in the week.

The meeting also elected a new mayor, councillor Peter Jordan, who was presented with the Mayor’s chain and badge of office by the council’s previous mayor, Richard Askew.

Coun Jordan and the rest of the councillors thanked him for his hard work and dedication over the past 12 months.

Councillors were also elected for the recreation and environment committee, the finance and general purposes committee and chose representatives for the outside bodies and committees.

Hemsworth Town Council also appointed a new chairman and committee members at the annual council meeting on Tuesday. See next week’s Express for full details.