Northampton Labour group appoints Danielle Stone as new leader

Councillor Danielle Stone has been chosen as the leader of the Labour group on Northampton Borough Council
Councillor Danielle Stone has been chosen as the leader of the Labour group on Northampton Borough Council

The Labour group on Northampton Borough Council has appointed Danielle Stone as the new leader after Les Marriott announced he was stepping down.

At the group AGM today, Councillor Les Marriott, who has led the party for the past year, said he was standing down due to work commitments.

Gareth Eales has been chosen as the deputy leader of the Northampton Borough Council labour group

Gareth Eales has been chosen as the deputy leader of the Northampton Borough Council labour group

The new leader of the Labour group, which now has 17 borough councillors, is Danielle Stone, who represents Castle ward.

Councillor Stone was first elected to the borough council in 2011 and is also a Northamptonshire County Council.

She said: “I’m really honoured to be chosen by the Labour Group to be their new Leader. The Labour Group will be an effective opposition to the Tory Administration and we will work harder to make the case for a Labour Administration at the Guildhall.

“I’m really pleased that we have some great new councillors. They will work very hard in their areas. As a Labour Opposition we will work to make Northampton a better place for all communities.

Councillor Les Marriott has announced he is stepping down as leader of the Labour group for Northampton Borough Council

Councillor Les Marriott has announced he is stepping down as leader of the Labour group for Northampton Borough Council

“I would like to also thank Sally Keeble and Kevin McKeever for their exceptional hard work in supporting us all throughout the campaign. I wish them both well for the future.”

The new deputy leader of the group is Gareth Eales (Spencer), who replaces Lee Mason who did not stand in the latest borough elections,

He said: “As the new Deputy Leader I’m determined that as a new Group we get off to the best possible start and hold this Conservative Administration to account.” The new Group Whip is Cllr Catherine Russell, who has just been elected as councillor for the Kingsley ward and worked for Northampton North Labour candidate, Sally Keeble, for many years.