He is succeeded by Clive Hart (pictured) who defeated Dave Green after a friendly and comradely campaign. Other new officers are Deputy Leader Peter Campbell, Chair Steve Ward, and Chief Whip Alan Poole. The new Shadow Cabinet consists of Peter Campbell, Michelle Fenner, Dave Green, Iris Johnston and John Watkins.
Welcome to Linda Aldred who is the only new addition to the Cabinet team, as Richard Nicholson is taking a well deserved rest to become a backbencher.
Mike Harrison was re-elected Vice Chair of Overview and Scrutiny Panel.
Clive said that he had found contesting the Leadership difficult, and thanked everybody who had voted for him. He wants to take the battle to the local Conservatives to get better standards of conduct in Thanet public life.
Labour Group meetings are private but all present welcomed the use of new technology to report on the meeting. Labour hopes Thanet Council will move forward rapidly to similar use of new technology.