Although the Labour Party has retained control of Penarth Town Council, PDN understands that a Conservative councillor – Cllr Ken Lloyd – is to be nominated and elected as the new Town Mayor of Penarth tomorrow night (Friday May 19).
Cllr Lloyd was Deputy Mayor of Penarth in 2011/12 under the then Conservative administration. The Deputy Mayor role is normally taken by the person who will – the year after – become Mayor. However in 2012 Cllr Lloyd lost his Cornerswell seat and was thus denied his opportunity to serve at Mayor in 2012/13.
In this month’s local elections however, Ken Lloyd won his council seat back – and the controlling Labour administration has already agreed, in secret conclave, to invite him to become the new Mayor of Penarth on Friday in the Council’s Annual General Meeting .
There will be the formality of an election at tomorrow night’s Annual General Meeting of the council – but the normal form for such procedures is that the Mayor is elected unopposed – and, as the “opposition” in Penarth Council are the Conservatives, it is hardly likely anyone will rock the boat.
Cllr Lloyd used to work for Royal Mint at Llantrisant but is now retired.