leader John Fletcher said he was "disappointed" at the defeats suffered by his
party in the Coventry City Council elections.
But he said the result was "par for the course" because it reflected a
"You always get votes like this in the mid-term of a parliament. 1996 was our
second best year ever and there were seats like Bablake and Earlsdon that we won then that
we knew it would be hard to hold on to.
"Last year we did very well and didnt lose as many seats as we might have.
"Of course Im disappointed. I am when we lose one seat. Weve lost some
good colleagues and excellent councillors and there are some there we want back as soon as
The result will put extra pressure on Cllr Fletchers position when the Labour
group meets to decide who will lead the next council. The group has fallen from 44 to 35
Under new Labour party rules, contenders for posts in the council have had to declare
their interest before the vote.
It is believed that Nick Nolan and Arthur Waugh have put their name forward for the
The Labour group will chose its new leader and deputy leader by a secret ballot, with
the least popular candidate dropping out of each round of voting until a candidate has an
overall majority. The vote will take place on Friday evening.
On Saturday the groups executive committee will meet and draw up a list of the
recommended members of the new cabinet, which is being formed as part of changes to the
councils political structure.
These choices will be put to the group members on Monday. Once the cabinet has been
chosen the remaining Labour councillors will decide the chairs and vice-chairs of the new
scrutiny committees that the party controls - some of these posts are being given to the