Leader and top council jobs announced

Cllr Ann John has reclaimed her position as the leader of the council following the Labour Party s landslide victory in the local elections. A total of 21 councillors, including Cllr John, will make up the new executive in Brent Town Hall, which includes

Cllr Ann John has reclaimed her position as the leader of the council following the Labour Party's landslide victory in the local elections.

A total of 21 councillors, including Cllr John, will make up the new executive in Brent Town Hall, which includes previous names such as Cllr Lincoln Beswick and Cllr Bobby Thomas.

Among the new faces are Cllr Muhammed Butt who will be the deputy leader of the council and lead member for resources, and newly elected councillors BenOgunro and Shafique Choudary who are the party's assistant whips.

Cllr Harshadbhai Singh, the only Conservative councillor to hold on to his Preston Ward seat, will be taken over from party colleague Jim O'Sullivan as the Mayor of Brent.


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His deputy is expected to be named in the next few days.

Cllr John led the council until their defeat in the previous elections in 2006.

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She told the Times: "It's quite extraordinary if you look at our group it that has 40 per cent women. The diversity is absolutely fantastic. People are keen and putting themselves forward.

"We will make a good job of turning this council and look forward to the challenge."

Executive Board (ward in brackets)

Mayor - Cllr Harshadbhai Singh (Conservative - Preston)

Deputy Mayor - To be confirmed

Leader - Cllr Ann John, OBE, (Stonebridge)

Deputy Leader - Cllr Muhammed Butt (Tokyngton)

Chair - Cllr Helga Gladbaum (Harlesden)

Group Secretary - Cllr Janice Long (Harlesden)

Vice Chair - Cllr Wilhemina Mitchell-Murray (Wembley Central)

Assistant Whips - Cllr Ben Ogunro (Kilburn) and Cllr Shafique Choudary (Barnhill)

Press Officer - Cllr James Powney (Kensal Green)

Lead members

Corporate strategy and policy co-ordination - Cllr Ann John (Stonebridge)

Resources - Cllr Muhammed Butt (Tokyngton)

Adults, health and social care - Cllr Ruth Moher (Fryent)

Children and families - Cllr Mary Arnold (Kilburn)

Crime prevention and public safety - Cllr Lincoln Beswick (Harlesden)

Environment, planning and culture - Cllr James Powney (Kensal Green)

Highways and transportation - Cllr Jim Moher (Fryent)

Housing and customer service - Cllr Bobby Thomas (Kensal Green)

Human resources and diversity - Cllr Lesley Jones (Willesden Green)

Democracy and consultation - Cllr Lesley Jones (Willesden Green)

Regeneration and economic development - Cllr George Crane (Fryent)

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