York Council opposition groups offered cabinet seats

The new leader of York’s Labour group has offered his Conservative and Liberal Democrat opponents seats at the council’s cabinet table.

Dafydd Williams

In his first move since being elected Labour leader on Saturday, Dafydd Williams offered the posts which would allow the leaders of the Liberal Democrat and Conservative groups the chance to speak and vote on every item of cabinet business.

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Coun Williams said: “I am determined to lead the charge to change the way we conduct our politics in York. Members of other parties have often told me that the cabinet system denies them a voice. My proposal helps to give them a meaningful voice, without any need for back room deals.

“The personalised abuse, partisan bickering for the sake of appearing different and general lack of professionalism from all sides of the political divide has for too long got in the way of getting things done in York.”