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New Birmingham council leadership team – full details

New Birmingham council leadership team – full details

🕔25.May 2016

Birmingham city council leader John Clancy stands proudly on the Council House staircase with his new top team following a sweeping cabinet reshuffle.

In the first major changes since becoming leader last December, Cllr Clancy brought four of his closest Labour group allies into the cabinet – Waseem Zaffar, Majid Mahmood, Peter Griffiths and Brett O’Reilly.

They replaced Penny Holbrook, John Cotton, Tahir Ali and Shafique Shah.

Cllr Kerry Jenkins, who had been nominated by the council leader as cabinet member for value for money and efficiency, dropped out due to work commitments.

The new cabinet line-up is:

Cllr John Clancy – Leader

Cllr Ian Ward – Deputy Leader

Cllr Brigid Jones – Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Schools

Cllr Lisa Trickett – Cabinet Member for Clean Streets, Recycling and Environment

Cllr Paulette Hamilton – Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care

Cllr Peter Griffiths – Cabinet Member for Housing and Homes

Cllr Brett O’Reilly – Cabinet Member for Jobs and Skills

Cllr Waseem Zaffar – Cabinet Member for Transparency, Openness and Equality

Cllr Stewart Stacey – Cabinet Member for Transport and Roads

Cllr Majid Mahmood – Cabinet Member for Value for Money and Efficiency.

Four new roles of assistant council leaders will be announced next month. They will sit on a new cabinet committee – Local Leadership, which will also be established in June – and will be responsible for driving forward devolution.

The cabinet committee will comprise of Cllr Clancy, another cabinet member, leaders of the official opposition party and the next largest opposition party, district committee chairs and the four assistant leaders.

The assistant leaders will each be responsible for an area of the city and charged with taking forward the committee’s agenda between meetings. They will be able to attend cabinet meetings, but will not be able to vote.

The chairs of regulatory and scrutiny committees were confirmed by Cllr Clancy at the council’s annual meeting.

Cllr Tristan Chatfield is chair of the audit committee. Cllr Barbara Dring remains chair of the licensing and public protection committee, and Cllr Mike Sharpe continues in his role as chair of the planning committee.

The trust and charities committee chair is Cllr Habib Rehman.

Chairs of the five scrutiny committees are elected by the Labour group, but the roles they are given are decided by the council leader.

The chair of the corporate resources and governance scrutiny committee is Cllr Mohammed Aikhlaq.

The economy, skills and transport scrutiny committee will be chaired by Cllr Zafar Iqbal.

Former cabinet member John Cotton has been hand the health, wellbeing and the environment scrutiny committee chair.

The housing and homes scrutiny committee will be chaired by Cllr Victoria Quinn.

The schools, children and families scrutiny committee will be chaired by Cllr Susan Barnett.

Cllr Phil Davis will chair the Transport Delivery Committee.

Meanwhile, according to her Twitter feed, Labour Councillor Claire Spencer has been appointed as the Birmingham representative on the West Midlands Combined Authority overview and scrutiny committee.


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