News : County Council leader appoints cabinet members
Wednesday, 29th May 2013(PR13/0244)
THE county councillors who will serve in Lancashire's cabinet have been announced by the newly-elected leader.
County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson – Children, Young People and SchoolsCounty Councillor Janice Hanson – Public Protection and WasteCounty Councillor John Fillis - Highways and TransportCounty Councillor Marcus Johnstone – Environment, Planning, Culture and CommunityCounty Councillor Azhar Ali – Health and WellbeingCounty Councillor Tony Martin – Adult Services
Led by County Councillor Jennifer Mein who will take specific responsibility for economic development and deputy leader, County Councillor David Borrow who will be specifically responsible for finance, the remaining cabinet members will have the following portfolios:
At last week's annual meeting of the full council, Labour and the Liberal Democrats reached an agreement that sees Labour form a minority administration, with the support of the Liberal Democrats.
Under the agreement, the Liberal Democrats supported a proposal for Jennifer Mein, Leader of the Labour Group, to become Leader of Lancashire County Council.
County Councillor Mein said: "The make-up of the cabinet clearly reflects our priorities for Lancashire which are to protect the most vulnerable, to stimulate economic growth and to expand employment opportunities for everyone - especially for young people.
"With the reduction in central grant funding, we are going to be working in a difficult environment. However, we are determined to work hard to serve all of the people of Lancashire to ensure they receive efficient and well-targeted services that respond to their needs.
"I am proud to have been given the chance to lead the county council and will work with the Liberal Democrats to protect frontline services and to create a green, fair and strong economy."
The cabinet members will be supported by five county councillors who will take the lead on certain aspects of the portfolio areas and by five county councillors who will act as champions for specific groups.
The ten county councillors are:
County Councillor Chris Henig – FamiliesCounty Councillor Nikki Hennessy – SchoolsCounty Councillor Julie Gibson – Libraries and Cultural ServicesCounty Councillor Sean Serridge – CorporateCounty Councillor Richard Newman-Thompson – Health
County Councillor Terry Aldridge – Older PeopleCounty Councillor Kim Snape - Young PeopleCounty Councillor Gareth Molineux – Disabled PeopleCounty Councillor Darren Clifford – Armed Forces Veterans
*County Councillor Cynthia Dereli - Parishes