Cllr Philip Hickson is the new Conservative leader of Derby City Council. The Council will continue to be run as a Conservative/Lib Dem coalition although Labour gained five seats on May 5 and will be hoping to take control next year when another third of the seats are up for election.

The new leader was chosen after the previous Council leader, Cllr Harvey Jennings, was arrested after allegations that he assualted his ex wife. As he has been charged with an offence under tthe Conservvative Group's rules his membership has been suspended until the matter is resolved.