New Harlow Council leader “It’s starting to look a bit more like Harlow” as he unveils Cabinet
News / Wed 6th Jun 2018 pm30 05:52pm
New Leader says Council “is starting to look a bit more like Harlow” as he announces Cabinet and first female Black and Ethnic Minority Deputy Leader
LABOUR Cllr Mark Ingall, Harlow Council’s newly elected Leader put equality, diversity and merit firmly at the centre of his leadership by appointing women to hold four out of the eight Portfolios in his newly appointed Cabinet.
Cllr Ingall said: “This is a leadership team that is starting to look a bit more like Harlow – a diverse and vibrant town in which every resident should feel represented.
“I’m proud that from within the ranks of Labour councillors elected this May, I have been able to select a Cabinet with a 50:50 gender split, that includes a range of different ages, that offers a blend of experience and fresh energy and which has our very first black and ethnic minority female deputy leader.
“We still have a way to go to, but this should mark a serious step change in people’s expectations of their elected representatives.
“And before anyone says it, let me be clear – this was not a victory of political correctness over merit or ability. In addition to representing a range of sections of our society, each of the Portfolio Holders has the skills and ability this town needs to face up to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”
The Cabinet, which has overall responsible for the Council’s policies, strategy and allocation of resources, is comprised of the following;
Cllr Waida Forman, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Equality and Diversity
Cllr Emma Toal, Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth
Cllr Mike Danvers, Portfolio Holder for Resources
Cllr John Strachan, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration
Cllr Danny Purton, Portfolio Holder for Environment
Cllr Mark Wilkinson, Portfolio Holder for Housing
Cllr Lanie Shears, Portfolio Holder for Governance
Cllr Eugenie Harvey, Portfolio Holder for Community and Wellbeing
Cllr Waida Forman, Deputy Leader and Holder of the newly created Portfolio, Equality and Diversity said; “This is a new administration, formed at a time when Harlow is about to take a huge step forwards into a bright and exciting future.
“Under Labour, the Council is set to build more council houses, offer many new employment opportunities with the arrival of Public Health England and the new hospital and step up to our new status as a Garden Town.
“We want every resident to be able to participate in these opportunities and reap the many benefits they offer – not just a privileged few.
“That is why it is so important that we ensure equal and diverse representation on the Council.”
Harlow has 33 elected councillors of which 20 are Labour and 13 are Conservative. Of the 20 Labour councillors, eight are women (40%) and of the 13 Conservative councillors two are women (15%).
Cllr Ingall has chosen a team with depth, experience but also a freshness which has the ability and skills required to help make turn the power of the council into a force for good in our town. This also shows the wide range of talent within the Labour group and with their drive and ambition have the opportunity to reshape Harlow for the 21st century and the vision to do so even with the government's savage cuts to local authorities. Two women out of an unlucky thirteen for the Tories tells its own story, and there is also the tale of a Conservative group relying on nepotism at the most recent elections to fill their quota of candidates, not to mention the presence of paid staff coming in to plug wide holes in their campaign team. These are not the actions of a group confident in their future. The controlling Labour group in Harlow Council marches on, with an agenda to improve the lives of the many, not just a narrow few.
A fantastic cabinet of outstanding councillors. Not only is this a fabulous and talented team, but also one completely dedicated to making the town a better place for everyone. Mark Ingall has taken over a council already busily going about the business of developing and reshaping Harlow to meet future challenges with confidence. I believe that this team will bring growth and prosperity to the town, whilst improving resources and facilities for the young, the old, as well as for those of us who claim to be neither!
Really. I think I've read all this before, is it standard issue from central office ??
About time too. The residents of Harlow pay enough for a deceent service and deserve a decent service and should be getting a decent service. Why has it took this long for the residents of Harlow to get a decent service from this Labour administrating party?
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