|Labour Leader Jo Lovelock|
Following last week’s local elections Reading Labour Party has confirmed its leadership line-up on the council for the year ahead.
Current leadership duo Jo Lovelock and Tony Page received unanimous backing from Labour party members and councillors to carry on in their roles as Labour Group Leader and Deputy respectively.
Labour's majority on the Council increased at last week's local elections, which means Cllrs Lovelock and Page will be reappointed as Leader and Deputy Leader of the Council at the Annual General Meeting on June 11th.
The party and councillors also agreed that there will be no changes this year in the lead member roles.
However, a number of changes have been agreed amongst the committee chairs, with Paul Woodward being proposed to fill the vacancy left in Licensing by the now retired councillor Peter Jones; Chris Maskell to take over as chair of the Planning Committee in place of Pete Ruhemann, who has decided to step down, and Bet Tickner filling Cllr Maskell’s role as chair of the SEPT committee; Deborah Edwards moving up to chair the ACE Committee as Tony Jones is set to become mayor.
The Labour Group will also be proposing Battle ward’s Sarah Hacker as the new Deputy Mayor.
Jo Lovelock said “I am delighted that our team of experienced lead councillors will be continuing. Our new councillors are also very keen to be involved in the important decisions we will need to make this year.
“Last week’s local elections, which saw us pick up another five seats from all around the town, shows that Reading residents know we are doing the best we can to deliver valued services against ever greater cuts to our budgets by central government.”
“There is no doubt that with less than a year to the general election the council will face further challenges – we believe we have the best team in place to meet whatever this discredited coalition throws at us.”
List of councillor leadership roles on Reading Borough Council 2014/15
· Leader – Jo Lovelock
· Deputy Leader & Lead Councillor for Strategic Environment, Planning & Transport – Tony Page
Leader member portfolios
· Adult Care Services – Rachel Eden
· Education – John Ennis
· Children’s Services – Jan Gavin
· Culture, Sport & Consumer Services – Paul Gittings
· Health – Graeme Hoskin
· Housing – Richard Davies
· Neighbourhoods – Liz Terry
· Licensing – Paul Woodward (replaces Peter Jones – retired councillor)
· Planning – Chris Maskell (replaces Pete Ruhemann – stepping down)
· Adult Care Services, Children’s Service & Education (ACE) – Deborah Edwards (replaces Tony Jones, Mayor designate)
· Housing, Neighbourhoods & Leisure (HNL) – Sarah Hacker
· Strategic Environment, Planning & Transport (SEPT) – Bet Ticker (replaces Chris Maskell who has gone to Planning)
Mayoralty – Labour Group nominations
· Mayor – Tony Jones (currently Deputy Mayor)
· Deputy Mayor – Sarah Hacker