AT its AGM held at the Civic Centre on Sunday night, Harlow Labour Group elected the new Leader and Deputy Leader of the Harlow Council. Mark Ingall, Labour Councillor for Bush Fair, was elected Leader replacing Emma Toal and Waida Forman, Labour Councillor for Netteswell, was elected Deputy Leader.
The appointments follow Harlow Labour’s success in this year’s local elections where it increased its majority control of the Council as a result of winning Bush Fair from UKIP.
Councillor Mark Ingall said today; “I’m deeply honoured to have been elected Leader of Harlow Council.
“When I look at the achievements of those who have gone before me, most recently the immensely talented Emma Toal to whom I extend thanks and appreciation on behalf of the Labour Group, I know I have got big shoes to fill. But I am excited by this opportunity and committed to achieving results for all our residents.
“Many challenges lie ahead. Chief amongst these is the implementation of the Local Plan and the establishment of Harlow as a Garden Town with housing, education and employment opportunities for all of our residents.
“On top of this, we must ensure that residents continue to get the services they need in return for the council tax they pay. This means safe, attractive and cohesive communities in which everyone can thrive and no one feels left out or isolated.
“Some big decisions will need to be taken to achieve of all this but I’m confident that with Deputy Leader, Waida Forman and the team I am assembling to support me, we can deliver this for Harlow.
Councillor Emma Toal said today; “It has been a huge honour and a privilege to serve as Leader of Harlow Council. I was born and raised here in Harlow, and the town is an incredible place to live and work. Due to my work commitments and personal situation I did not stand for re-election as Leader. I’d like to thank my fellow Councillors for their support and officers of Harlow Council for their hard work this year.
“I will continue to serve the residents of my ward Harlow Common and will continue be an active Labour member on the Council.
“Our new Labour Group Leader Mark Ingall and Deputy Leader Waida Forman have my full backing and support. I look forward to seeing the great work of the Labour Council continue under Mark’s leadership. ”
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