Cllr Fitzgerald was selected unopposed by his colleagues in the Conservative group following the group’s AGM last night (May 9), as was Cllr Allen .
Cllr Fitzgerald took over from long-serving John Holdich as Council Leader in May last year.
In last week’s elections, the party held its ground on the council, starting and ending the night on 28 seats, three short of a majority. Cllr Fitzgerald described this as a positive result for the group.
Should the Conservative group take control of the city council, Cllr Fitzgerald will almost certainly continue on as council leader.
He said: “I’m pleased and extremely grateful to colleagues for their support after having been re-elected uncontested as the Leader of the Conservative Group on Peterborough City Council - it’s challenging at times but I will continue to do my best to deliver for the people of Peterborough.”
Cllr Allen added: “Like like the leader I am grateful to my group colleagues for their continued support, and I commit to use my best endeavours for the City and all residents as we move into the new Civic Year’’.
The Conservative group still needs to attract the support of three other councillors to take control of the council. The most likely place this will come from is from the Peterborough First, who have supported their minority administration since 2019. Recent issues over the closure of both the Werrington Leisure Centre and St George’s Hydrotherapy Pool are thought to have complicated matters though.