New council leader confirmed
Councillor Stephen Harker has been confirmed as the new Leader of Darlington Borough Council.
Cllr Harker, 55, takes over from Councillor Bill Dixon, who announced his intention to stand down last month after seven years as Leader.
The change in leadership was confirmed during a meeting of Full Council at the Town Hall on Thursday (19 July).
Cllr Harker, who was first elected in 1995 and represents Pierremont ward, was previously Deputy Leader of the Council.
He was elected Leader of the Council's ruling Labour group, earlier this week, and was confirmed as Leader of the Council following a vote of the full council.
Cllr Dixon was applauded by members on both sides of the Council Chamber after making his final remarks as Leader of the Council.