Stoke-on-Trent City Council Leader announces his new cabinet

Stoke-on-Trent City Council Leader Councillor Mohammed Pervez has given details of his new Cabinet after the reshuffle at Monday nights Labour Group AGM which saw Debra Gratton & Sarah Hill removed.

Sarah Hill subsequently resigned her position as a Councillor forcing a by-election in the Springfields and Trent Vale ward.

The new cabinet looks like this

  • Paul Shotton, deputy council leader is now the cabinet member for Finance, Procurement & Commissioning.
  • Ruth Rosenau cabinet member for Regeneration, Planning & Transportation,
  • Mark Meredith cabinet member for Economic Development.
  • Janine Bridges cabinet member for Housing, Neighbourhoods, and Community Safety.
  • Gwen Hassall cabinet member for Social Services.
  • Adrian Knapper cabinet member for Health.
  • Olwen Hamer cabinet member for Transformation.
  • Andy Platt cabinet member for Green Enterprises and City Services, and
  • Alan Dutton cabinet member for Education
Andy Platt & Alan Dutton are the Cabinet debutants.

Councillor Mohammed Pervez said

Given the significant challenges in delivering Labour’s Mandate for Change over the next few years I need a committed, robust and decisive cabinet supporting me. My cabinet has some new members and I have made some changes to portfolio responsibilities. I have fine-tuned the cabinet to ensure I have the right team to take the City Council forward.

The cabinet have an array of experience, diverse backgrounds and expertise and skills to help and support me to make Stoke-on-Trent a great working city whilst protecting the most vulnerable in our communities.

We are going through some of the most difficult times in living memory as a result of the government cuts and it is important that we remain united to steer the city forward.
We are committed to developing an effective and confident council that focuses on our residents’ needs and operates from a lower cost base.

I would like to thank the outgoing members of my cabinet for their contribution.

Sarah Hill speaking in the Sentinel today was rather less gracious saying

Members will miss me more than I will miss them


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