York Labor has changed leaders again – after just a year

York Labor has elected another new leader, 12 months ahead of local elections.

Claire Douglas is now at the helm, taking over from Pete Kilbane who has only been in the management position for a year.

Cllr Kilbane becomes Deputy Chief, which means these two have swapped jobs.

Cllr Douglas said:

I am truly honored that the labor councilors have placed their trust in me and I thank all my colleagues for having elected me to this position.

I look forward to continuing to work very closely with Cllr Kilbane, as we have done over the past year, so in many ways it won’t be a big change.

Our collective aim is to organize next year’s council elections and show the residents of York why change is needed and how they will benefit from it.

If Cllr Douglas is re-elected in May 2023, it raises the possibility that York City Council will see its first female leader since the council was established in 1996.

Cllr Kilbane welcomed Cllr Douglas to the leadership saying:

Since Claire joined the Labor team, she has shown not only that she is capable of leading it, but that she will also excel at leading the council. She is already working with city partners looking to move York forward, which is simply not happening under the current Lib Dem-Green administration.

Claire has a strong business background and also founded a nationally recognized charity that tackles difficult social issues here in York. She sees problems and potential solutions with a 360 degree view.

We will continue to work closely together for the good of the city.

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