AN UNSUCCESSFUL leadership challenge cost a councillor his job but now he is back in the spotlight as the next mayor of Bromley.

Last May Cllr Ernest Noad stood against Cllr Stephen Carr in a bid to become Bromley Council leader and when he lost he was the victim of a cabinet reshuffle.

The Shortlands ward councillor lost his position as the education portfolio holder, a post he had held for six years, and it was given to Cllr Stephen Wells.

But News Shopper can reveal he has been selected to be the next mayor of the borough.

And on May 15 he will be voted in to the role by the other councillors at the council’s annual general meeting.

He takes over the mayoral chains from Cllr Michael Turner.

Cllr Noad is currently a member of the executive and resources policy development and scrutiny committee.

It is believed Cray Valley West councillor Judy Ellis is set to be voted in as the deputy mayor.

She is currently the chairwoman of the care services policy development and scrutiny committee.