Northampton Council elects David Palethorpe as leader

Northampton Borough Council has officially elected Conservative councillor David Palethorpe as its new leader.

The move comes after the Tories won control of the council from the Liberal Democrats during the May elections.

In a draft budget in February the council said it needed to save £5m through "organisational restructures" next year.

Mr Palethorpe will be supported by a new cabinet team.

'Shaping services'

"We have brought in some new faces who will bring in new ways of thinking," he said.

"We have made a commitment to listening to what residents want and using their views to shape the services the borough council provides."

One of the new faces is property developer Alan Bottwood who becomes portfolio holder for finance.

This is Mr Bottwood's first term as a borough councillor.

Also new to the borough council is David Mackintosh, who will support the cabinet as an official adviser but with no extra salary or pay.

Mr Mackintosh works for the Conservative Party advising David Cameron. He has not been a borough councillor before but has served on the county council for two years.

Tim Hadland will be portfolio holder for regeneration and enterprise. He has served on the borough council for 20 years and was previously mayor.

This is Mr Palethorpe's third term as a borough councillor, after being portfolio holder for housing and leader of the Conservative group for the past two years.

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