Ukip changes leader as Tories press on with plans to run Portsmouth City Council

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IT is all change at the top of Ukip in Portsmouth as the political group switches leaders before final decisions are made about the future of the council.

Stuart Potter is standing down as Ukip’s group leader due to work commitments and is being replaced with Colin Galloway, the group’s new councillor for Nelson ward.

Mr Galloway toppled former Nelson councillor, Lib Dem Jason Fazackarley, by 44 votes at the local elections.

It comes after Ukip said it won’t form coalitions in order to bolster the leadership of the council, but would support a Conservative administration.

Mr Potter, who is also Ukip’s new councillor for Paulsgrove, said: ‘We are changing the group leader.

‘I work full-time and to be fair to the people of Portsmouth, a Ukip group leader needs to be at the beck and call.’

Labour has also said it will support the Tories over the Lib Dems continuing in power.

The Tories would have a challenge on their hands running the council as they have a minority and only have 12 out of 42 seats.

It means any proposals they put forward could be potentially overruled.

But Cllr Donna Jones, who has been re-elected as leader of the Conservatives, is relishing the challenge.

If elected leader at a meeting of the full council on Tuesday, she intends to order an investigation into allegations of bullying that have arisen.

As reported in The News, MP Penny Mordaunt aired her grievances to group leaders about the file of complaints she has against abusive councillors.

Cllr Jones said: ‘It’s going to be a tough job, but I do believe that being a Pompey girl born and bred, and bringing up my children here, it puts me in an excellent position to 
know what is affecting families.

‘Although we don’t have a majority, the Conservatives pulled in the largest amount of votes across the city at the local elections, with 28 per cent of the share.’