Published: 11:39, 16 May 2019
| Updated: 11:39, 16 May 2019
The new leader of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has been decided.
Last night the borough's Conservative Group met to appoint a new leader after David Jukes lost his seat to Lucy Willis of the Tunbridge Wells Alliance.
The group voted Cllr Alan McDermott as the new leader of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.
He will be officially appointed at a full council meeting on Wednesday, May 22, along with the new mayor.
Next week's meeting will also be a chance for Cllr McDermott to select his cabinet.
Following last night's appointment, the Brenchley and Horsmonden ward councillor said: "I am delighted to have been chosen to lead the Conservative Group.
"I am conscious that we have some important decisions ahead of us over the next few months and years – not least the Local Plan – and I will be seeking to involve all political groups in delivering what is best for the borough."
Cllr McDermott was the portfolio holder for planning and transportation before last month's local elections.