A new political year has been launched in South Tyneside, but the council’s most powerful committee remains unchanged.
Continuity is the name of the game for the authority’s decision-making cabinet.
The nine members in place before this month’s local elections remain in situ under the leadership of the leader and deputy leader of the council, Couns Iain Malcolm and Alan Kerr.
Also among the all-Labour group’s line-up are Coun Ed Malcolm, retaining his role as the council’s lead member for resources and innovation, and Coun John Anglin, staying on as lead member for regeneration and economy.
At a meeting of the borough council this week, Conservative Coun Jeff Milburn was elected as leader of the opposition on the authority.
He was unable to attend the gathering because of recent ill health, but Coun Iain Malcolm told members his rival was “on the road to recovery”.
Meanwhile, the new mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Richard Porthouse, a Labour member for the Hebburn North ward, took up his chains of office, with his wife of 44 years, Pat, as his mayoress.
He said: “It is a real privilege to become South Tyneside’s new mayor.
“Pat and I are incredibly proud to be representing the borough and the wonderful people who live here.
“We will be doing everything we can to showcase the wonderful facilities, local businesses and charities that we have here in South Tyneside.”