Salford's Conservative Councillors have elected Walkden South Councillor Les Turner as their new group leader and leader of the opposition on Salford City Council.
Les succeeds Cllr Karen Garrido, who has retired to take up the role of Deputy Ceremonial Mayor. Cllr Jillian Collinson (Boothstown & Ellenbrook) becomes deputy leader of the Conservative group.
Cllr Turner, who ran his own business prior to joining the Council, has served the people of Walkden South ward since 2006. He has been deputy leader of the Conservative group since 2011 and recently served as a scrutiny committee chair.
"It is a great honour to be elected as Conservative group leader and to lead the official and only opposition on Salford City Council. I am grateful to Karen for all her hard work and I know she will be a great success in her new role.
I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who voted Conservative on Thursday 7th May. I am pleased that our three sitting Councillors were all returned, and the results clearly show that the Conservatives remain the only opposition to Labour here in Salford.
Under my leadership, we will continue to hold the City Mayor and his team to account and make sure that the voice of local people is heard in the Council Chamber. I am looking forward to the challenges ahead." Karen said: "I will miss the cut and thrust of being leader and being on the front bench. I have enjoyed my time and have had great help and support from the group and from the couuncil officers over the years." Bob Goodall, Chair of City of Salford Conservative Federation, said: "I know and have worked with Karen, Les and Jillian, they are very hard working and caring individuals with a strong sense of public duty. I wish them well in their new roles"