Neghat Khan will 'work hard' as Nottingham City Council leader amid growing Labour anger

Neghat Khan and Ethan Radford, the next leader and deputy leader of Nottingham City Council, pictured in front of the Robin Hood statue
Neghat Khan and Ethan Radford, the next leader and deputy leader of Nottingham City Council -Credit:Labour

Neghat Khan says she will 'work hard' as Nottingham City Council's new leader amid growing anger at the way in which she was appointed. One source has claimed that as many as 28 Nottingham Labour councillors could leave the party and sit as independents - which would mean Labour losing control of Nottingham for the first time since the 1980s.

Any such moves would likely be confirmed at the next full public meeting of the council on May 20. Anger has been caused by the fact that Labour's national governing body has chosen Nottingham's next leader and deputy, rather than the usual situation of Nottingham's Labour councillors deciding.

The National Executive Committee (NEC) initially said they would be interviewing those who wanted to succeed David Mellen, before presenting Nottingham's Labour councillors with a shortlist of suitable candidates. Rather than getting to choose from a shortlist, Councillor Khan was confirmed as the new leader on Tuesday (May 7).

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Ethan Radford will be the deputy leader, Matt Shannon will be the chief whip and Mike Edwards will be the local party chair. Councillor Khan, a former Robin Hood Energy director, said: "I am delighted to be taking up the roles of Leader of Nottingham Labour and Nottingham City Council.

"We know there are challenges ahead and I look forward to working with colleagues to make positive changes for our city. We have had 14 years of Conservative cuts to our funding.

"We will work hard to mitigate the impact of those cuts by championing our communities and delivering for Nottingham people." Councillor Khan will officially take office on May 20.

Nottingham City Council is currently made up of 50 Labour councillors, three Nottingham Independent councillors and two independent councillors. A party needs at least 28 councillors to have a majority on the council, meaning at least 23 Labour councillors would have to sit as independents for the party to lose control.

A source suggested an alliance between the Nottingham Independents and all other independents was possible, meaning that group would run the council instead. Nottingham Labour's annual meeting is due to take place at 6pm on Tuesday, May 7, where councillors are set to air their frustrations at national party officials.