Council unveils Cabinet

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Key Cabinet roles have been announced by the Labour Party after regaining control of Derbyshire County Council.

Council leader, Cllr Anne Western – the first female leader of the authority – said the move marked a fresh start for the council with new people and new portfolios to reflect their key priorities.

Labour gained power in the recent council elections after four years of Tory control.

Cabinet member appointments will see Cllr Western as leader of strategic policy and budget, Cllr Kevin Gillott has been appointed deputy leader for children and young people, Cllr Joan Dixon is Cabinet member for economy, jobs and transport, Cllr Dave Allen, member for health and Communities, with Cllr Clare Neill overseeing adult social care, and Cllr Brian Ridgway taking on responsibility for council services.

Councillor Western said: “We have an ambitious and exciting manifesto to deliver over the next four years.

“I’m really proud that we’ve got a strong team which has an equal mix of men and women to represent Derbyshire’s population.

“Over the next four years we’ll fight for a fair deal for Derbyshire, listen to what people say, understand what they need and provide officers with strong leadership to deliver services which meet those needs.”