Brent Leadership Team confirmed for 2014/2015

Brent Cabinet 2014-2015

At the Council AGM on Wednesday, the Brent Council Leadership team was confirmed.

The cabinet has been cut down by 20% to just 8 now. With the Council faced with number reductions at Director and staff level, it was only right that this was reviewed too.

The full cabinet

Leader of the Council – Cllr Muhammed Butt

Deputy Leader – Cllr Michael Pavey

Adults, Health and Wellbeing – Cllr Krupesh Hirani

Children and Young People – Cllr Ruth Moher

Employment and Skills – Cllr Roxanne Mashari

Environment – Cllr Keith Perrin

Regeneration and Housing – Cllr Margaret McLennan

Stronger Communities – Cllr James Denselow

Cllr Kana Neeharathan will be the Mayor of Brent and Cllr Lesley Jones will serve as Deputy Mayor. Chair of Scrutiny is Cllr Aslam Choudry and Cllr Sarah Marquis will now Chair the Planning Committee.

The Tories probably stole the show on the night as it emerged that they would split into two political parties – the Brondesbury Park Conservative Group and the Conservative Party.

It seems bizarre as it was only a couple of weeks ago that residents in Brondesbury Park voted in three Conservative Councillors.

Bob Marley Plaque unveiled in Neasden

I was delighted to attend the unveiling of a commemorative plaque by the Mayor of Brent Cllr Michael Adeyeye in Neasden where Bob Marley once lived.

It’s great that Dudden Hill is a part of the story that produced a worldwide icon. The whole event was one big celebration with residents and neighbours also coming around to see Delroy Washington, who lived at this house with Bob Marley, leading a sing-a-long of Bob Marley classics.

2011 Site Stats

Happy New Year! Hope you’ve had a fab New Years’ Eve celebration.

For the last two years, I have been blogging a neat summary of statistics in fives for my website, so I thought I’d do the same for 2011. Here goes…

Top Referrers:

  1. Google
  2. Facebook
  3. Councillor James Powney
  4. Twitter
  5. WordPress

Top Blogposts:

  1. Free Fireworks display – Saturday 5th November at 6pm to 10pm in Barham Park
  2. Aslam Choudry is the new Mayor of Brent
  3. Labour win in Wembley Central by-election! Krupa Sheth becomes Brent’s youngest ever Councillor
  4. Parking restrictions today around the Wembley Stadium Event Day area and Ellie May Southwood: Brent Labour’s candidate for Kenton by-election had the same amount of page views.
  5. Tragic incident on Sonia Gardens

Top Search Terms:

  1. Brent Diwali 2011
  2. Krupesh Hirani
  3. Sonia Gardens Fire
  4. Krupa Sheth
  5. Mayor of Brent

Top Clicks:

  1. FlickR
  2. Cllr Muhammed Butt and Cllr Navin Shah AM had the same number of clicks.
  3. Dawn Butler and Cllr Shafique Choudhary had the same number of clicks.
  4. Cllr James Denselow 
  5. Cllr James Powney

Brent Diwali celebrations begin today

Brent Diwali celebrations begin today with Rangoli and Lantern making. For more details see LINK.

Main celebrations will be on Saturday 30th October 2010

2pm – 6pm

Shri Sanatan Hindu Mandir on Ealing Road Diwali dance programme. Watch traditional Indian dance groups perform on the steps of the stunning new temple that opened this year.

Burning oil lamp on a colourful rangoli design...

Rangoli competition. Enter bring your creation to the rangoli marquee by 12 noon on the day to be in the running.

Take the opportunity to see the breathtaking Shri Sanatan Hindu temple inside.

7pm – 8pm

Along Ealing Road to Barham Park will be the biggest Brent Diwali Parade spectacle outside of India. Bringing the colourful story of Diwali to life, local community groups have been working in partnership with Emergency Exit Arts and Mahogany to create spectacular floats. Each element of the Diwali epic will be animated through the unique use of light and colour to celebrate the powerful messages of Diwali.


Barham Park – Fireworks and laser show. The skies of Barham Park will explode with fireworks and lasers in a thrilling show to end the evening.

Councillor Harbhajan Singh is the new Mayor of Brent

Councillor Hari Singh, Member for Welsh Harp Ward, has been appointed as the new Mayor of Brent. His wife Mrs Kawal Singh OBE has assumed the position of Mayoress.

The Mayor’s charities for 2010 / 2011 are:

  • Asian People’s Disability Alliance
  • St Luke’s Hospice
  • Shooting Stars

    Read his pre 2010 local election profile on the Brent Labour website – LINK

    My fellow Dudden Hill co-Councillor Aslam Choudry is the new Deputy Mayor of Brent.

    Conservative Party Councillor Bertha Joseph Officially Suspended from Brent Council

    The verdict is finally out on Conservative Party Councillor Bertha Joseph. In October 2009, she was handed a 6 month suspension for being guilty of three charges of breaking the Councillors’ Code of Conduct. The former Mayor of Brent was to be suspended from the council for six months after she used £900 in cash donations to buy two ball gowns but appealed against the decision meaning the suspension was not carried out.

    The charges were:

    • Failure to register gifts within 28 days;
    • Bringing the Mayoralty and Brent Council into disrepute;
    • Misuse of money received for personal gain.

    She has failed in her appeal and the six month suspension has now been reimposed. Councillor James Powney has blogged on the verdict LINK