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Southwark Council leader appoints new faces to cabinet in reshuffle

Re-elected Southwark Council leader Peter John has announced his cabinet reshuffle for 2018/19, which includes a new second in command.

Cllr Rebecca Lury has replaced Cllr Stephanie Cryan as deputy council leader.

Cllr Lury has also been appointed cabinet member for culture, leisure, equalities and communities, while Cllr Cryan’s previous housing portfolio has been expanded as cabinet member for housing management and modernisation.

Cllrs Ian Wingfield (environment and the public realm) and Barrie Hargrove (communities, leisure and safety) have left the cabinet, while Cllrs Fiona Colley (finance, modernisation and public performance), Maisie Anderson (public health and social regeneration) and Mark Williams (regeneration and new homes) also chose to stand down ahead of the local election earlier this month.

Cllr Victoria Mills, whose previous portfolio covered children and schools, will now step into the role of cabinet member for finance, performance and Brexit.

Meanwhile, Cllr Jasmine Ali has joined the cabinet as member for children, schools and adult care, and Cllr Evelyn Akoto has joined to take on the portfolio for community safety and public health.

Cllr Leo Pollak has also joined the cabinet as member for social regeneration, great estates and new council homes.

Previously cabinet member for adult care and financial inclusion, Cllr Richard Livingstone will have a new portfolio covering environment, transport management and air quality.

Cllr Kieron Williams has been appointed as cabinet member for jobs, skills and innovation, and Cllr Johnson Situ for growth, development and planning.

There are also three deputy cabinet members: Cllr Peter Babudu, whose portfolio is for innovation, Cllr Richard Leeming, for digital inclusion, and Cllr Victoria Olisa, for tenant and leaseholder engagement.

Cllr Catherine Rose has also been appointed as Mayor of Southwark, replacing Cllr Charlie Smith.

She will support the charities Family Childcare Trust and the Centre For Literacy In Primary Education during her year as mayor, as well as backing Dulwich Hamlet’s struggle to remain in the borough.

Council leader Peter John said: “It’s a great honour to have been re-elected to serve as Southwark’s leader.

“I’m delighted to be supported by such an excellent and diverse new cabinet who will deliver on our priorities of building new homes, improving our environment, and embedding links with all of our communities so that all of our residents can benefit from the opportunities that are being created in our borough.”


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