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New council leader appointed

by Marco Cillario Thu 8 June 2017, 12:47 pm

Waltham Forest Council has elected Clare Coghill as its new leader.

The councillor for the High Street Ward in Walthamstow, announced as new local Labour Party group leader in January, has replaced Councillor Chris Robbins to become the first woman to ever lead the local authority. Robbins, who led Waltham Forest for eight years, announced he would stand down as leader during a full council meeting in December 2016.

Previously serving as portfolio lead member for economic growth and high streets in Robbins’s cabinet, Coghill was officially appointed as leader during the annual council meeting on 25 May. 

During the meeting, she announced her cabinet, which includes nine senior and two junior members.

Councillor Clyde Loakes was appointed as deputy leader and Councillor Khevyn Limbajee as portfolio holder for housing. Councillor Simon Miller will take over Coghill’s previous role as portfolio lead member for economic growth and high streets.

The meeting also saw the election of Councillor Yemi Osho as mayor for the 2017-18 municipal year. She replaced Councillor Peter Herrington.


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