Rachel Bailey has announced she has stepped down as Leader of the Conservative Group.
But she will continue as Cheshire East Council Leader until the full annual council meeting on the 22nd May.
Cllr Bailey thanked the group members for their on-going support, however she feels that having fulfilled her commitments to the Conservative Group, it is an opportune moment to step aside to enable a new leader to take on this important role.
She received a standing ovation from all members of the group.
It comes only days after the Tories lost overall control of Cheshire East Council.
Cllr Bailey hung on to her own seat in Audlem by just 78 votes.
Following Cllr Bailey's announcement, Councillor Janet Clowes was unanimously elected as the new Conservative Group Leader.