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Wyre Forest District Council has announced that it expects the “Progressive Alliance” of three groups to form the administration following the council’s Annual General Meeting on 22 May.

Ian Miller, the council’s Chief Executive, said: “Following the elections on 2 May, political groups have been formed. I have met the leaders of the Independent Community and Health Concern group and the Independent, Liberal Democrat and Green group this afternoon.

“They have indicated that, together with the Labour Group, they intend to support the appointment of Councillor Graham Ballinger as Leader of the Council at the meeting on 22 May.”

The Leader of the Council elected on 22 May will then appoint other councillors to join the Cabinet. A separate announcement will be made in due course about the Cabinet members and their portfolios.”

The council’s AGM will be held at 6pm on Wednesday 22 May at Wyre Forest House and will be open to the public. It will also be webcast at this link https://wyreforestdc.public-i.tv/core/portal/home

The council operates the Leader and Cabinet executive model of governance. Under the legislation in section 9IB of the Local Government Act 2003 and the council’s constitution, Councillor Marcus Hart continues in office as Leader of the Council until the meeting on 22 May.

The four groups formed in the council and the number of members in each are as follows:

Conservative  14; Independent Community and Health Concern 9; Independent, Liberal Democrat & Green 8; Labour 2