New Leader, Cabinet and Chairman for Cornwall Council

Adam Paynter, the Leader of the Liberal Democrat group and the Councillor for the Launceston North and North Petherwin electoral division, has been elected as the new Leader of Cornwall Council. 

Adam, who was proposed by Independent Group Leader Andrew Mitchell, and seconded by Malcolm Brown, the Liberal Democrat Member for St Austell Bethel, thanked Members for putting their trust in him and said he would work with all members, irrespective of the party they represented, to do the very best for Cornwall.

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With no single group in overall political control following the elections on 04 May, the new Council administration has been formed through an alliance of the Independent and Liberal Democrat groups. 

In his first official speech Adam told the meeting that he had joined the Council 17 years ago and still had the energy, desire and enthusiasm to take on the role of Leader.

“This is a new council with new talent and will be different from the one it replaces” he said  “ I will lead by example to ensure that we balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community.  I will be accessible and transparent. I will act with honesty and integrity. I will build on the ambition of the previous Council to "close the gap" for residents - to improve their life opportunities.

“As a council we will want to protect services to our most vulnerable and increase funding to Adult Social Care.  We will pledge to invest in excess of £200 million in building 1000 council houses for fair rent. We will also extend the living wage foundations living wage, to all council contracts.

“Good quality housing is essential for our communities but I want to shift the focus to delivering the infrastructure and jobs that are needed in Cornwall as houses will get delivered by this council our partners and the private sector but jobs are more difficult to create so we will be more proactive, we need to deliver 38,000 jobs over the next 13 years!.

“We live in difficult financial times and I will ensure we utilise our finances as well as possible, I will lead a robust fairer funding campaign. I will also continue to seek to do things differently in order to preserve services.”

Adam has been a Member of the Council since its inception in 2009 and prior to this was a member of the former Cornwall County Council for eight years.  He has held many positions in the Council, including the Cabinet Member for Environment and Heritage and the Shadow Cabinet Member for public protection. Most recently he was the Deputy Leader of the Council and the Cabinet Member for Resources in the previous administration.

Adam studied agriculture at degree level and works on his family’s farm, whilst also diversifying the farm into renewable energy ventures. He lives with his wife and two children. He enjoys many sports, both playing and watching. He is a keen festival attender and attends both Glastonbury and Reading music festivals volunteering for a medical charity.

Julian German, the Independent Member for the Roseland, was appointed as the Deputy Leader of the Council.  The Deputy Leader of the Independent Group, Julian was the Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture in the previous administration. 

"I am humbled to serve as Deputy Leader of Cornwall Council.” said Julian German.  “I will do my very best for the residents of Cornwall."

A Bard of the Cornish Gorsedh, Julian is from a private sector background with an MSc from Edingburgh and a BA Hons from Hull.

The remaining eight Members of the Cabinet will be announced at a later date.

Also at today’s meeting Mary May was unanimously elected as the Chairman of the Council.

Mrs May, who is the Member for the electoral division of Penryn West, was the Vice Chairman of the Council during the  previous administration.  A former Mayor of Penryn on six occasions, she also held the office of Vice Chairman of the former Carrick District Council, and was Vice Chairman of Cornwall Council’s Strategic Planning Committee.  She is very active within her local community, organising an older person’s club, the Annual Town Fair and Penryn Week; as well as being secretary of the Royal British Legion Penryn Branch serving as a governor on both the Infant and Junior School in Penryn

Thanking colleagues for her support Mrs May said she was honoured to be elected to serve as the Chairman of Cornwall Council.  She also formally thanked the outgoing Chairman Ann Kerridge for her hard work and commitment over the past four years.

The new Vice Chairman of Cornwall Council is Hilary Frank, the Liberal Democrat Member for the electoral division of Saltash South.  Thanking colleagues for their support, Hilary Frank said she would work hard to be fair and inclusive and support the new Chairman in her role . 


Story posted 23 May 2017