Cllr Andrew Morgan has been elected as Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council. His appointment was confirmed at a meeting of the Full Council last night.
Speaking following the announcement at the Annual General Meeting at Clydach Vale, County Borough Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of the Council, said:
"I am humbled to receive the support of my colleagues to be nominated to become Leader of the Council.
Andrew Morgan said
"As the new Leader of the Council I will seek to ensure that the Council effectively engages with the people it represents and serves. I will seek to ensure that as far as practically possible in these challenging times that frontline services are protected and that we find the right means to limit the impact of the UK Government's Austerity Measures on our communities.
"Where tough decisions are necessary I will seek to ensure that we communicate the rational and need for these tough choices clearly and honestly and will ensure we do our best to bring our communities with us through the decision making process.
"As a former Trade Union official I will seek to work more closely with our colleagues in the Trade Unions in the best interests of the Council, our staff and the residents who rely on the services we provide. I have always considered myself a socialist and will seek to ensure these values are integral to what the Council seeks to achieve and deliver on behalf of its communities.
"My new Cabinet will support me in taking forward the Council alongside our recently appointed Chief Executive and his Senior Management Team and provides the right mix of experience, expertise and fresh ideas.
"Alongside my colleagues I will ensure we continue our strong track record of partnership working across the public sector locally.
"I am 100% committed to the Council and maintaining and improving the services we provide wherever possible and we need to take every opportunity to boost investment and create jobs for the communities we serve and that is why I am delighted to receive the support of my colleagues to take forward this agenda."