Cllr Harbi Farah and Cllr Wilhelmina Mitchell Murray have both join the council’s Cabinet for the first time following the council’s Annual Meeting and Mayor Making ceremony last night. Harbi is also the first Councillor of Somali origin to serve on Cabinet in Brent.
The appointments were made after Cllr Ruth Moher, former Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, and Cllr James Denselow, former Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, both decided not to stand for their positions previously.
It was a hotly contested AGM process. Labour is the largest Party at the Council and we held a vote between the Labour Group on Saturday to put forward to the Council for appointment. Cabinet appointments are now up until 2018 which is when the next local election will be held.
There are direct individual elections for the Leader and Deputy Leader positions. Cabinet is then elected using a pooled voting system where anyone wishing to stand can put their names forward and the top six
The council’s Leader and Deuputy Leader are:
- Cllr Muhammed Butt – Leader of the Council
- Cllr Margaret McLennan – Deputy Leader of the Council
Cabinet is then elected using a pooled voting system where anyone wishing to stand can put their names forward and the top six are then chosen to be put forward on to the Cabinet. The Leader then appoints Cabinet Members to Portfolio positions. The Cabinet Members and their portfolio positions are:
- Cllr Krupesh Hirani – Community Wellbeing
- Cllr Harbi Farah – Housing
- Cllr Roxanne Mashari – Regeneration, Growth, Employment and Skills
- Cllr Michael Pavey – Stronger Communities
- Cllr Eleanor Southwood – Environment
- Cllr Wilhelmina Mitchell Murray – Children and Young People
Now that the AGM vote is over and positions are confirmed, we are all looking forward to working together and Leading in our respective areas.
I will be covering Adult Social Care and Public Health as I was before, but in addition I will now also be responsible for Sports and Leisure, which I will be developing going forward using the Council’s Public Health remit. I will also now be chairing the Health and Wellbeing Board – previously Chaired by the Leader of Brent Council Muhammed Butt.