Sheffield Council gets a new blended Cabinet of Labour and Greens

Cabinet reshuffles are quite common at Sheffield Council but this year it has an unprecedented blend of red and green.

Wednesday, 19th May 2021, 3:58 pm

Labour and the Greens have formed a “cooperative administration” to run the council. The Liberal Democrats will not be part of it and will remain in opposition.

The Cabinet has been renamed the Executive and will remain in place until a new committee system is phased in over the next few months. Labour takes seven seats and the Greens have three, in proportion to the number of seats they hold on the council.

The new Leader of the Council is Terry Fox and his deputy is Julie Grocutt, who leaves her former post as Cabinet member for transport and development.

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Sheffield City Council meeting May 2021 held at Ponds Forge. Picture: Chris Etchells
Sheffield City Council meeting May 2021 held at Ponds Forge. Picture: Chris Etchells

The Finance role, previously overseen by the Deputy Leader, goes to Coun Cate McDonald.

Paul Wood, previously looking after neighbourhoods and community safety, now has a new housing, roads and waste management post.

Alison Teal takes on a newly created position of Cabinet member for sustainable neighbourhoods, wellbeing, parks and leisure.

Climate change, environment and transport are combined into a new role for Douglas Johnson while Paul Turpin takes control of inclusive economy, jobs and skills.

Sheffield City Council meeting May 2021 held at Ponds Forge. Picture: Chris Etchells

Mazher Iqbal retains a remit similar to his previous role with city futures, development, culture and regeneration.

Jayne Dunn returns to a newly combined role of education, children and families. And George Lindars-Hammond will stay with health and social care.

Meanwhile, councillors Mary Lea, Abtisam Mohamed and Mark Jones have all left the Cabinet.

The meeting.