Conservative John Holdich to lead Peterborough City Council

Cllr John Holdich

Cllr John Holdich

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The new leader of Peterborough City Council is Conservative John Holdich.

Councillor Holdich replaces fellow Conservative Marco Cereste as council leader.

Cllr Holdich, who was unanimously appointed as the Conservative’s group leader a week ago, was unopposed at a meeting of full council this evening (Wednesday, March 20).

The Conservatives hold 26 seats in the 57-seat council, although one position has not been filled following the resignation of Nick Arculus, Conservative councillor in West Ward.

Cllr Holdich was deputy leader under Mr Cereste’s administration and was first elected to the city council in 1979.

The councillor for Glinton And Wittering has previously stated that his priority if leader would be tackling the big council deficit for next year’s budget.

The 2014/15 budget required over £25 million of savings following a cut to the government grant.

Cllr Holdich has already indicated that a further £15 million will need to be saved for next year’s budget.

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