At the recent local elections, no party gained the required majority to lead the council outright. However the Conservative Party has 24 seats and have formed a minority administration following the agreement of a ‘confidence and supply’ arrangement with UKIP. This means that UKIP councillors will support the minority administration in matters of leadership and will support the budget.
Cllr John Lamb is therefore the new Leader of the Council and after appointing his Cabinet at the meeting, said: “I am honoured to be the new Leader of the Council and along with my new Cabinet look forward to serving the local people of Southend.
“We all want the best for this great Borough and will work hard to ensure that we do the very best we can for local people and local businesses.”
The new Cabinet is as follows:
Cllr John Lamb - Leader of the Council
Cllr Ann Holland - Deputy Leader and Executive Councillor for Culture, Tourism and the Economy
Cllr Andrew Moring - Executive Councillor for Corporate and Community Support Services
Cllr Mark Flewitt - Executive Councillor for Housing, Planning and Public Protection Services
Cllr James Courtenay - Executive Councillor for Children and Learning
Cllr Lesley Salter - Executive Councillor for Health and Adult Social Care
Cllr Tony Cox - Executive Councillor for Transport, Waste and Cleansing
Cllr Trevor Byford - Executive Councillor for Technology