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New cabinet for Staffordshire County Council unveiled

The Leader and Cabinet for Staffordshire County Council have been announced at meeting of the Full Council.

Philip Atkins takes up his third term as Leader of the county council following the local elections on May 4 – which saw the Conservatives retain control by securing an increased 51 seats, Labour 10 and one seat gained by an independent candidate.

Ian Parry remains Deputy Leader and the new Cabinet includes five further members and three support members and has been shaped to give members an even greater influence on how the council works with local communities in particular. There will be three members of the Shadow Cabinet.

Philip said:

“The County Council has a good track record on delivering on investment, growing the economy, creating quality jobs and working with families to ensure children and young people get the best start in life, but we are not complacent and know there is more hard work yet to be done.

“In the next four years. our key priorities are to continue to grow a strong economy, focus more on skills and learning, work to deliver better joined up health and social care and support communities to take action on the issues which are important to them.

“There are undoubtedly challenging times ahead, but Staffordshire has a good story to tell and with the help of partners and local people, we can continue to make a positive difference in people’s lives, helping more residents live fulfilled, rewarding and independent lives for as long as possible.”

In addition to executive and scrutiny roles, the new administration will see dedicated support members assigned to borough and districts to help shape more community-led action over the coming years.

The new Cabinet Members and Portfolios are:

Philip Atkins, Leader of the Council
Ian Parry, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Matters
Gill Heath, Cabinet Member for Communities
Alan White, Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing
Mark Sutton,  Cabinet Member for Children and Young People (including Learning and Employability)
Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth
Mark Deaville, Cabinet Member for Commercial (including highways and transport)
Michael Greatorex becomes the new Chairman and Kath Perry Vice-Chairman of the county council.