Isobel is a Conservative local councillor on Reading Borough Council, first elected in 2006. She represents Mapledurham Ward. This is her personal blog with news & her views.
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Labour Twittersphere has broadcast nominations for the Lead Councillor roles in
advance of Mayor making on 22 May.
Three are out: Marian Livingstone, Mike Orton and Bet
The three new are: Richard Davies, Graham Hoskin and Liz
Everybody, except Jo Lovelock, is having some change to the
scope of their role
& Service Improvement has been ditched.Perhaps the disgraceful prioritisation of IT equipment for councillors
over decent IT equipment for the social worker team has something to do with
this decision: Or maybe the Labour administration has realised (belatedly) that
their “justification” was baseless rubbish.
Graham Hoskin is back on the front bench having served out his
punishment for his unsuccessful leadership bid a couple of years ago.Having had Culture & Sport before, now he has been handed Health.
Tony Jones will be Deputy Mayor again (previously having had
the role in 2000), whilst his wife Liz Terry, who was elected just a year ago
and hasn’t risen much in Council to speak in that time, is to cover Neighbourhoods.Previously this had gone together with Housing but Labour has decided to split
the two giving Housing to another
2012 intake, Richard Davies.
John Ennis’ role is being reduced to solely Education with Jan Gavin taking on Children’s Services & Families.
Rachel Eden has been moved to Adult Social Care replacing Mike Orton who, though his shoes are big
ones to fill, his recent attendance record has not been great.
With Marian Livingstone stepping into the role as Mayor [I’m
against Labour’s flouting of the traditional year as deputy before stepping up to
the role of Mayor] her current lead role of Culture
& Sport is being given as part of Paul Gittings’ new role of Culture & Sport & Consumer Services.Interesting to note Labour has dropped Climate Change!
Tony Page remains as deputy leader, whilst his lead role
will also cover the Environment, so
will be Strategic Planning, Environment
In summary Labour's new roles & line up are as follows: