Leader is re-elected at selection meeting

Published on 14th May 2012

Cheltenham Borough Council

The Council has re-elected Councillor Steve Jordan as their leader at the selection meeting yesterday (Monday 14 May).

The Liberal Democrat group has also elected a new cabinet, and positions on various committees have also been reviewed.

Councillor Jordan continues to take the strategic lead for policy, economic development and strategic land use at the council. The other cabinet members and their portfolios are as follows:

•    Councillor Andrew McKinlay, cabinet member for built environment
•    Councillor Jon Walklett, cabinet member for corporate services
•    Councillor John Rawson, cabinet member for finance
•    Councillor Peter Jeffries, cabinet member for housing and community safety
•    Councillor Rowena Hay, cabinet member for sport and culture
•    Councillor Roger Whyborn, cabinet member for sustainability

Councillor Jordan says: “Cabinet collectively decides the policy and direction for the council. I would like to thank those stepping down for all their hard work. I am confident that with our new members, we will be a strong team and make a positive difference in Cheltenham.’’

The Liberal Democrats will tackle some key issues for Cheltenham, including:
•    Developing key brownfield sites to bring more jobs and homes to Cheltenham
•    Continue to improve the recycling service
•    Work with Gloucester and Tewkesbury to agree a local plan that protects our green spaces while providing affordable housing to meet local need
•    Minimise the impact of central funding cuts on services that the people of Cheltenham rely on.

The Conservative group leader is Councillor Duncan Smith and Councillor Les Godwin continues to lead the People Against Bureaucracy group.

For press enquiries contact: Laura Carter, communications officer, telephone 01242 264154, email laura.carter@cheltenham.gov.uk

The Cheltenham borough elections take place every two years, with half (20) of the seats up for grabs. Six new councillors were elected. The next round of borough elections will take place in May 2014.

The new political constitution is as follows:
Liberal Democrats: 25
Conservative: 11
People Against Bureaucracy: 4