Darlington Council LIVE: Steve Harker elected new leader

  • A new council leader is due to be elected in Darlington tonight, as the town’s political administration for the next four years takes shape.
  • Darlington Council will hold its Annual General Meeting on Thursday (May 25) where a new leader, cabinet and mayor are due to be chosen.
  • Labour holds the advantage of being the majority party after it won 24 seats, compared to just 15 seats won by a diminished Conservative Party.
  • But Labour is still short of the 26-seat threshold it needs for outright control and must reach an agreement with other political groups to help it operate - and the delay shows talks haven’t been straightforward.
  • A new mayor will also be appointed for Darlington, replacing Anne-Marie Curry. Bill Edgar reports


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