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Harlow Tory loses place in new Essex cabinet

News / Sun 21st May 2017 at 01:34pm

A new Cabinet which will strive to “deliver lean, efficient and effective public services” was introduced at Essex County Council’s first Full Council today.

Announcing the reshuffled Cabinet, which includes four new faces, Council leader David Finch said: “The team I have selected will bring knowledge and experience to continue the hard work and good results of the Council, and I know they are eager to meet the challenges ahead.

“As I have said before, local government finances are under pressure, and by 2020 this Council will no longer receive any central government funding.

“But we have been preparing for this and, over the last seven years, made savings of £597 million, and will save a further £106 million by the end of 2017/18.

“Importantly too, our Chief Executive, Gavin Jones, has been hard at work developing an efficient and effective organisation, and this will continue throughout 2017.

“We will not relax in our quest to deliver lean, efficient and effective public services.”

In his speech to the Council Chamber of 75 members – 29 newly elected at the 4 May poll – he pledged to focus on four priorities:

enable inclusive growth;
help people to get the best start in life and age well;
help create great places to live and work and;
transform the council to achieve more with less.
Cllr Finch also congratulated Cllr John Aldridge on his re-election as Chairman of the authority, along with his deputy Cllr John Jowers, while paying tribute to Cllrs Eddie Johnson, Anne Brown, Graham Butland and Stephen Canning, who are leaving their Cabinet roles in this new-look administration.

He added: “I am proud to introduce the new-look Cabinet to meet the challenges ahead:

Cllr Kevin Bentley will continue to support me as Deputy Leader and as portfolio holder for Economic Growth, Skills, Infrastructure and the Digital Economy. Kevin will continue to champion inclusive economic growth and secure infrastructure investment in the County.

Cllr Dick Madden will remain responsible for Children and Families.

Cllr John Spence – having done a superb job in finance will now take on Health and Adult Social Care and will bring his wealth of experience and specialist skills to these challenging portfolios.

Cllr Ray Gooding will continue his responsibilities for Education.

Cllr Simon Walsh will continue in his role as Environment and Waste portfolio holder.

With this strong and stable foundation I have been able to offer positions to four Councillors who have not served in the Cabinet here before.

Cllr Louise McKinlay is to lead the new Resources portfolio, which includes the Council’s financial management. Louise brings significant leadership experience and business acumen to the role.

Cllr Susan Barker, who is responsible for the Culture, Communities and Customer portfolio.

Cllr Sue Lissimore will lead the Housing, Planning and Property portfolio, working with partners across Essex to bring forward sustainable development that provides new communities where people can live, work and play.

Finally, I welcome Cllr Ian Grundy, who is responsible for Highways. Ian brings a wealth of experience to the Cabinet, which will be required for this challenging portfolio.”

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