New Conservative Leader Announces Front Bench Team

Brentwood’s Conservative Group Leader, Louise McKinlay is set to become the new Leader of the Council on Wednesday night at the official Annual Council meeting.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Cllr McKinlay introduced her new front bench team, who will have direct responsibility for a variety of Council services.

The names announced were as follows:  

Policy, Finance and Resources Committee: Chairman - Louise McKinlay                 Vice Chairman – Roger Hirst

Environment and Housing Management Committee: Chairman - Chris Hossack Vice Chairman – Cliff Poppy

Community and Health Committee: Chairman – Will Russell                                       Vice Chairman – Olivia Sanders

Economic Development Committee: Chairman – Keith Parker.                                    Vice Chairman – Louise Rowlands

Planning and Licensing Committee: Chairman – Roger McCheyne.                           Vice Chairman – Will Trump

Audit, Scrutiny and Transformation Committee: Chairman – John Kerslake.       Vice Chairman – Sheila Murphy

The change in Administration comes as a result of the recent local Borough Council elections which saw the Conservatives in Brentwood win 11 out of the 12 seats that were up for election, wiping out the opposition candidates. They now hold over 62% of the seats and have a majority of nine.

Louise McKinlay said, “We had a fantastic set of candidates at the recent elections, all of whom worked incredibly hard and are passionate about Brentwood. I know they will make good councillors. We have a strong and clear mandate from Brentwood residents and we are already hitting the ground running, to deliver on the promises we made to voters. There is much to do and I am excited about getting on with improving things in Brentwood.” 

A revised budget will come forward to councillors at an extra Full Council meeting, scheduled for the 10th June 2015 to amend the budget that was set by the previous Administration in March.