LOCAL ELECTIONS 2015: Conservatives announce new leader of Northampton Borough Council while Labour leader ‘considers future’

David Mackintosh, MP for Northampton South, has handed over the reigns to Mary Markham to lead the Conservatives on the borough council.
David Mackintosh, MP for Northampton South, has handed over the reigns to Mary Markham to lead the Conservatives on the borough council.
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Councillor Mary Markham has been named as the successor to David Mackintosh as leader of Northampton Borough Council, after the Tories claimed victory in tonight’s election.

The final results see Conservative with 26 seats, Labour with 17 seats and the Liberal Democrats with two.

Councillor Les Mariott says he will consider his position before tomorrow's party AGM.

Councillor Les Mariott says he will consider his position before tomorrow's party AGM.

Park ward councillor Mary Markham, who has been officially named as Northampton’s new Conservative leader in the late few minutes, said she would be ‘honoured’ to become leader of the authority.

She said: “Four years ago we turned the town blue and I’m happy to say that in 2015 we have kept the town blue.

“The electorate feel that we have done what we said we were going to do. We made 40 pledges and we have stuck to every one.”

Labour’s group leader on Northampton borough Council has announced he is ‘considering his position’ though his party made gains in the central areas of the town tonight.

Councillor Les Marriott reclaimed his Semilong seat and saw his party move up to 17 seats, an improvement of seven on the party’s pre-election position, despite the fact the reds faired dismally in the parliamentary elections.

But as the Northampton Labour group is set to hold its annual general meeting tomorrow to decide who will lead the party in the coming term, Councillor Marriott said that he would be ‘considering’ his position.

He said; “We have moved up to 17 seats and we have some excellent new councillors.

“A lot of them are inexperienced councillors but I hope they will learn over the coming period and we will be an effective opposition part

“Our annual general meeting is tomorrow, I’ve been thinking for some time about my position as leader. I have a number of other interests and this last year has been time consuming.

“For me though I have left the party with a manifesto that I am very proud of.”

However Councillor Marriott said he would not speculate on who would become the new party leader.

Inside Labour sources suggest Castle ward Councillor Danielle Stone is his most likely successor.

It was a gloomy night for Liberal Democrats, who grabbed just two seats, a drop from the five they held pre-election. Eight years ago, the Lib Dems were the controlling party of Northampton Borough Council.

UKIP however, despite taking a strong overall share of the vote, finish the night with none.