Labour unveils new cabinet to lead city

Julie Dore , celebrates after her party's victory
Julie Dore , celebrates after her party's victory
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NEW Sheffield Council leader Julie Dore has named her top team of Labour councillors who will govern the city over the next year.

Coun Dore, who swept to a 14-seat majority at last week’s elections, has cut down the size of her cabinet from 10 to eight.

She said: “I think it’s really important in these times of significant government cuts we reduce the size of the cabinet. Council staff are being asked to do more with less and I think the council’s political leaders should be prepared to do the same.”

Coun Dore has built a cabinet mixing new faces with experienced politicians who were in power when Jan Wilson last led a Labour council.

Old hand Bryan Lodge will continue as Coun Dore’s deputy, with responsibility for finance.

Beighton councillor Helen Mirfin-Boukouris will stay on the team, swapping her culture portfolio for business, jobs and growth.

Long-standing Labour housing spokesman Chris Weldon is off the cabinet, replaced by former deputy leader Harry Harpham.

Experienced councillor Mick Rooney is back on the team, as communities spokesman, and Leigh Bramall takes on the transport job.

There is no change for healthy living with Mary Lea or children and young people with Jackie Drayton.

Coun Dore said: “I’m delighted to announce the Labour cabinet team who will be working to take Sheffield forward. They are a diverse and talented team of individuals who will do all they can to stand up for Sheffield in difficult times and take the city in the right direction.”

Former shadow cabinet members Chris Weldon and Gill Furniss will now chair council scrutiny boards, as will former shadow cabinet advisor Mazher Iqbal.

Tony Damms is also off the cabinet, as is Pat Midgley, who takes on a job as chair of the eastern community assembly and continues as party whip.

Veteran councillors Peter Rippon and Alan Law, who steps down as Lord Mayor next week, will take over as chairmen of the two powerful city planning committees.

A number of up-and-coming Labour councillors have been given positions as cabinet advisors. Arbourthorne’s Jack Scott, Mosborough’s Isobel Bowler and Central’s Mohammad Maroof, each elected just 12 months ago, have been given junior roles.

Coun Dore has appointed Tim Rippon, who won back a seat last week after a year’s gap, as her personal advisor.

Steve Wilson, who was also re-elected after a break, will advise on business and jobs.

Former Lib Dem leader Paul Scriven said: “I wish the new cabinet well as we want to see Sheffield move forward.

“It’s clear the faces haven’t changed from the last time Labour ran the council, but I just hope that their policies have.”