Southwark Council’s cabinet member reshuffle sees deputy leader replaced

News Desk (19 May, 2016) Politics

Cllr Stephanie Cryan becomes deputy leader and cabinet member for housing

9487Cllr Stephanie Cryan at Southwark Cathedral

The leader of Southwark Council, councillor Peter John, on Saturday announced his annual cabinet reshuffle.

The biggest announcement was the promotion of cllr Stephanie Cryan to become deputy leader and cabinet member for housing.

The change of deputy leader, which is decided by a vote between cabinet members, saw former deputy leader Cllr Ian Wingfield become cabinet member for environment and public realm.

Cllr Wingfield replaced Cllr Darren Merrill, who is no longer a cabinet member.

Cllr Richard Livingstone has taken the position of cabinet member for adult care and financial inclusion, which was vacated by Cllr Cryan.

Cllr Michael Situ has also left the cabinet. His role as cabinet member for communities and safety taken over by Cllr Barrie Hargrove.

Cllr Maisie Anderson has joined as cabinet member for public health, parks and leisure, while Cllr Johnson Situ has joined the cabinet taking on business, employment and culture.

Meanwhile, Cllr Fiona Colley has retained her position as cabinet member for finance, modernisation and performance.

Cllr Victoria Mills remains cabinet member for children and schools and Cllr Mark Williams will continue as cabinet member for regeneration and new homes.

In addition there are three deputy cabinet members: Cllr Evelyn Akoto whose portfolio is for young people and careers, Cllr Octavia Lambe for cultural strategy, and Cllr Helen Dennis for mental health.

Council leader Peter John said: “I’m delighted to announce Southwark’s new cabinet, welcoming two new councillors who I know will help bring new energy and ideas to our already talented and experienced team.

“Cllrs Darren Merrill and Michael Situ are leaving the cabinet after two years and I would like to thank them for their dedication and commitment over that time. They have done fantastic work and know that they will continue to work hard for local residents and their wards going forward.”

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