Independents in pledge to fight cutbacks
INDEPENDENT councillor Dave Conway has been handed a second year in charge of the city's official opposition group.
The seven-strong City Independents pledged to continue fighting council cutbacks after reappointing their leadership at an AGM yesterday.
Veteran councillor Mr Conway, who represents Little Chell and Stanfield, remainss as leader, while Great Chell and Packmoor councillor Ann James continues as deputy.
Mr Conway said: "We have just got to keep on fighting to get a better deal for the citizens of Stoke-on-Trent.
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"The independents will fight injustices all the way. We have got to.
"We are now the people's party in Stoke-on-Trent."
Labour holds 34 of 44 seats on Stoke-on-Trent City Council, giving the group a comfortable majority on committee membership and in the council chamber.
The seven City Independents are joined in opposition by two Conservative members and unaffiliated councillor Paul Breeze.