CONSERVATIVES ANNOUNCE SHADOW CABINET AS ALTERNATIVE TO LABOUR RUN COUNCIL
The Conservative Group on Stoke-on-Trent City Council has today announced a Shadow Cabinet.
A Shadow Cabinet is the team of senior spokespeople chosen by the Leader of the Opposition of the Council, Councillor Daniel Jellyman.
Each member of the shadow cabinet is appointed to lead on a specific area of the council. They can question and challenge their Labour counterpart on the Council’s Cabinet.
Members of the Shadow Cabinet do not get paid, nor receive an allowance, for their role.
Cllr Jellyman said:
“The purpose of a Shadow Cabinet is to help hold the Labour Council to account. This is especially important when we are already seeing the Labour Party throw in the towel as they prepare to declare the council bankrupt, whilst spending £90,000 on special positions for Labour Councillors.”
“Labour can take the tough decisions that are needed to keep the council open and functioning. One such decision is to reform council staff terms and conditions. However, it is clear that Labour would rather turn the lights off than tackle the Trade Unions,”
“The team chosen has a broad range of expertise and knowledge which will help to successfully hold Labour to account. I am very pleased that they have agreed to take on this extra responsibility, in addition to them being fantastic ward councillors.”
The line-up of the Shadow Cabinet is as follows;
Councillor Jellyman – Leader of the Opposition. Shadow for Strategy & Resources.
Councillor Lorraine Beardmore – Shadow for Public Health & Housing
Councillor Clark – Shadow for Adult Social Care, Health Integration & Wellbeing
Councillor Evans – Shadow for Children & Family Services
Councillor Hussain – Shadow for Development & Growth
Councillor Maqsoom – Shadow Member without Portfolio
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For further media enquires please contact Cllr Jellyman on 07947 752520
Note to editors: The Shadow Cabinet has a collective responsibility for providing an effective Political challenge to the controlling Executive (Cabinet) and for contributing constructively to the achievement of the City Council’s corporate and service objectives and priorities.
The Shadow Cabinet has no power to make any formal decisions on behalf of the Council and meets and operates in addition to the formal Overview and Scrutiny process. The Shadow Cabinet will assist in ensuring effective arrangements for Overview and Scrutiny. The Shadow Cabinet can request to be briefed in relation to items to be discussed at Cabinet meetings and can hold individual portfolio briefings with appropriate officers.