Ruth Dombey is new Sutton Council leader

Your Local Guardian: Ruth Dombey is new Sutton Council leader Ruth Dombey is new Sutton Council leader

Ruth Dombey was revealed as the new leader of Sutton Council last night.

Councillor Dombey, current deputy leader of the council, will take over from Sean Brennan when he steps down from his role later this month.

Coun Brennan, who has been leader of Sutton Council since 2002, announced Coun Dombey as his successor at a full meeting of the council last night.

He said: "It will come as no surprise that councillor Ruth Dombey is my successor.

"The times ahead will be demanding and challenging, but I'm confident our new leadership team will rise to the challenges as and when they arise."

She was elected by the Liberal Democrat Group on Sutton Council, but will not take up the role until later this month.

Who will join Coun Dombey on the Liberal Democrat's frontbench is still unclear.

Several roles previously assigned to council cabinet members are to be axed when a new committee system is formally adopted on May 21.

Coun Brennan was also revealed as Sutton's new mayor last night, with councillor Joyce Melican becoming deputy mayor.

They will be formally appointed to the positions at the annual council meeting on Monday, May 21.

Coun Brennan, a former teacher who has lived in the borough for 34 years, first became a councillor in 1986.

He represents the Sutton Central ward and served a term as mayor in 1990.

It is rumoured he may be nominated for a future role in the House of Lords.

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1:07pm Wed 2 May 12

Michael Pantlin says...

He said: "It will come as no surprise that councillor Ruth Dombey is my successor". Why should it not come as a surprise to the residents? It's news to me; we don't know until we're told and it was only recently we read that the Leader was resigning from that role. Now we've been told the rumour about the Lordship that won't come as a surprise when it's announced.
He said: "It will come as no surprise that councillor Ruth Dombey is my successor". Why should it not come as a surprise to the residents? It's news to me; we don't know until we're told and it was only recently we read that the Leader was resigning from that role. Now we've been told the rumour about the Lordship that won't come as a surprise when it's announced. Michael Pantlin

9:12pm Thu 3 May 12

Binsanity says...

We are allways going to be the last to know anything from this council. It's their inherant way of operating and our only recourse is the ballot box. Can't wait to see these results and the swingometer, come on UKIP.
We are allways going to be the last to know anything from this council. It's their inherant way of operating and our only recourse is the ballot box. Can't wait to see these results and the swingometer, come on UKIP. Binsanity

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