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Sep 17 2013

Harrow Council has a new leader

harrow_council_logoLeader of the Conservative Group Cllr Susan Hall has been voted in as the new Leader of Harrow Council – the first ever woman to take the helm.

Cllr Hall won the leadership battle at Monday evening’s council meeting by seven votes. Thirty one councillors voted for her, 24 for the Leader of the Labour Group and five abstained.

The leadership battle followed a successful vote to remove the Leader of the Independent Labour Group Cllr Thaya Idaikkadar from his position as Leader of the Council.

Cllr Hall said: “It is an honour and a privilege to become Leader of Harrow Council, and my colleagues and I are looking forward to getting to work straight away.

“We know that the task facing us is daunting, and that the Council faces many challenges. But as I said at the Council meeting, our priority will be to make Harrow cleaner, safer and fairer – and we hope to enshrine these principles into everything the Council does. We want a Council which does what our residents want, which looks out for them, and which is on their side.

“In the coming days I will be appointing a Cabinet, and focusing on problem areas where we need to take action straight away – such as public realm services. The budget process for 2014-15 is also just getting underway, so we will be turning our attention to that. It’s an exciting time, but we are very much aware of the challenges which confront us.”

susan_hall_pinupCllr Hall will announce her Cabinet in the next few days although she has already stated that the opposition Labour Group will be given two non-voting places on Cabinet.

Source: Harrow Council

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