Cardiff Lib Dems to choose new leader after Rodney Berman loses his seat

May 9, 2012 2 Comments »
Cardiff Lib Dems to choose new leader after Rodney Berman loses his seat

Judith Woodman, who has been deputy leader of the council since 2004, could be favourite to take over from Rodney Berman

Two councillors are expected to compete for the role of restoring the Lib Dem group in Cardiff following the party’s sensational election defeat.

Returned councillors Judith Woodman or Nigel Howells are expected to become Cardiff’s Lib Dem group leader.

Gabalfa ward member Ed Bridges, also among the councillors being tipped for the role, last night ruled himself out of the contest.

Coun Woodman is arguably favourite for the job after being deputy leader of the council since 2004, but yesterday said she “hadn’t decided yet”.

Coun Howells could not be contacted last night.

Cardiff’s Lib Dems lost 18 seats in last week’s local elections and will now be the largest group in opposition with 16 seats.

Lib Dem councillors who survived their drubbing at the polls met at City Hall on Monday evening to discuss the way forward.

Adamsdown councillor Nigel Howells is also expected to compete for the position of Cardiff's Liberal Democrat leader

Pentwyn councillor Judith Woodman will remain acting group leader over the coming days following former council leader Rodney Berman’s failure to retain his Plasnewydd seat.

Cathays councillor Elizabeth Clarke remains as acting group chair, and Cyncoed ward member Margaret Jones will continue as acting group whip.

Coun Woodman said: “The atmosphere was very positive. We have to move forward – we have a job to do.”

A decision on a permanent group leader is expected next Monday , but will at least be decided before the first full meeting of the newly elected council next Thursday.

Meanwhile, Labour’s newly elected council leader Heather Joyce is expected to announce her council cabinet team at the weekend, ahead of a party group meeting on Monday to elect chairs of council committees and other civic positions.

She will meet with councillors this week to discuss the executive appointments.


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  1. Mr Jenkins May 9, 2012 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    But who is going to lead the Plaid Cymru group on the council? Neil or his sister?

  2. Bill Church November 13, 2012 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    That looks like a gold Rolex Submariner on his wrist, starting at £16,000 (yes sixteen thousand pounds).

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