New appointments announced for Brent Council’s executive

Five new members were elected in Brent Council's executive

Five new members were elected in Brent Council's executive - Credit: Archant

High-profile positions change hands but leader stays the same

Cllr Muhammed Butt role as the leader of Brent Council was unchallenged

Cllr Muhammed Butt role as the leader of Brent Council was unchallenged - Credit: Archant

Five new appointments in Brent Council’s executive have been announced following a reshuffle that took place yesterday.

The selected councillors were picked for the posts at the Brent Labour Party’s AGM.

Some of the most high-profile positions such as the lead member for environment and neighbourhoods changed hands but Cllr Muhammed Butt’s role as the leader of the council was unchallenged.

Cllr Aslam Choudry has taken over as lead member for crime and public safety after Cllr Lincoln Beswick MBE stepped down from the post but some of the other positions are believed to have been more hotly-contested


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Cllr Michael Pavey, who won his Barnhill seat in a by-election a year ago, is the new lead member for children and families after battling for the post against Cllr Mary Arnold.

Cllr Roxanne Mashari has taken over the role of lead member of environment and neighbourhood from Cllr James Powney, Cllr James Denselow is now the lead member for customers and citizens instead of Cllr Lesley Jones, and Cllr Margaret McLennan has been voted in as the lead member for housing following a stint by Cllr Janice Long.

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Other changes will see Cllr Mary Daly taking over as chair of the borough’s health and overview scrutiny committee from Sandra Kabir and Cllr Bobby Thomas becoming the new mayor of Brent.

Cllr Butt, who was elected as the leader of the council at last year’s AGM, said: “I want to thank the outgoing executive members for the dedication to Brent and commitment to public service that they have shown.

“I am incredibly excited about starting work tomorrow morning with our dynamic, energetic and talented new executive.

“The government has caused a recession, a dramatic fall in living standards for our residents and are implementing cuts to welfare that will devastate our community. We still have a lot of work to do to protect the people of Brent from this onslaught and I am confident that we have the best possible team to do so.”

Click on the photo gallery at the right to see images of the new executive members.

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