New leader of Sheffield opposition is revealed

Colin Ross, leader of Sheffield's Liberal Democrat party
Colin Ross, leader of Sheffield's Liberal Democrat party
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A new leader of Sheffield’s Liberal Democrats party has been chosen.

Coun Colin Ross, former deputy leader and a councillor for 16 years, took up the opposition post last night.

He replaces Shaffaq Mohammed, who was ousted in the local elections.

Former secondary school and sixth form teacher Coun Ross said his priorities included giving communities more say on decisions made in the city.

The party will continue to campaign on the controversial issue of closing libraries and will also focus on this week’s announcement that 100 fewer miles of Sheffield roads could be gritted before snow to save £100,000 a year.

Coun Ross told The Star: “We created community assemblies and tried to make people feel as though they had a share in the decision making, Labour is very much for people at the centre to make all the decisions.

“We want to reverse that trend and give people more influence.”

Coun Ross also said it was a ‘tough time’ to be a Liberal Democrats member but the party would ‘fight back’.

The council’s shadow cabinet has also been reshuffled after the appointment and is listed below.

Leader: Colin Ross (with Children, Young People & Skills)

Deputy Leader: Penny Baker (with Communities & Inclusion)

Business, Development & Skills: Ian Auckland

Culture, Leisure & Sport: Vickie Priestley

Environment, Recycling and Streetscene: Joe Otten

Finance and Resources: Andrew Sangar

Homes and Neighbourhoods: Steve Ayris

Health, Care & Independent Living: Roger Davison

See tomorrow’s Star for more on this story.