Northampton Conservatives elect David Mackintosh as leader

David Mackintosh David Mackintosh joined the borough council in May

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The Conservatives on Northampton Borough Council have elected a new leader after the last councillor in the role resigned over alleged "disloyalty" among colleagues.

David Palethorpe announced he had quit as leader of the council on Twitter on Wednesday, after five months in office.

His successor, David Mackintosh, 32, said he was "very proud" to be chosen.

Mr Mackintosh has been on the council since May and is expected to succeed Mr Palethorpe as its leader.

The election will take place at a full council meeting on 7 November.

"The town has a great future and I pledge to work tirelessly as its leader," said Mr Mackintosh.

Mr Palethorpe, who represents Billing ward, had been leader of the Conservatives for two years when the group took control of the council in May.

He said he had stepped down due to the "disloyalty and self interest" of some of his colleagues.

Northampton-born Mr Mackintosh has been a county councillor since 2009 and was elected to represent Rectory Farm ward in May this year.

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