Craig lands a leading role in new Mayor’s cabinet

June 05 2016

HILLFIELDS councillor Craig Cheney has been given a leading role in the new Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees’s cabinet.

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HILLFIELDS councillor Craig Cheney has been given a leading role in the new Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees’s cabinet.
Councillor Cheney, who was re-elected as a Labour member for the ward in May, has been named as cabinet cember for finance, governance and performance.
Mr Rees was voted into the top role in the Mayoral elections, defeating the independent George Ferguson, who became Bristol’s first Mayor in 2012.
In his inauguration address Mr Rees outlined his focus on tackling deprivation and inequality in Bristol, addressing the city’s housing shortage and working collaboratively between city partners.
The mayor chose to share the stage with invited guests including performance poet Miles Chambers, Deborah Evans from the West of England Academic Health Science Network, police Bristol Area Commander Chief Superintendent Jon Reilly and University of the West of England Vice-Chancellor Steve West.
In a day of change for Bristol City Council, 70 city councillors were also sworn in to office for their four-year terms. Labour now controls the council chamber with a total of 37 seats, while the Conservatives have 14, the Green Party 11 and Liberal Democrats eight.
Five of the six seats in Greater Fishponds went to Labour, with long-serving Conservative Lesley Alexander being re-elected as one of the representatives for Frome Vale ward.
In spite of his party’s majority, Mr Rees named three councillors from other parties as cabinet members: Claire Hiscott (Conservative), education and skills; Fi Hance (Green) city, health and wellbeing and Clare Campion-Smith (Lib Dem) people.
The Mayor said: “This is a strong Cabinet who will be empowered to get on with the job and deliver the goods for the people of Bristol. I’m pleased to be standing by my word in creating a cross-party Cabinet and working across political boundaries in the interest of Bristol and its people.
“Together we will form a strong team which gets things done for this city. Our top priority will be tackling inequality in all its forms, particularly in how we deliver new homes, address Bristol’s poverty gap and ensure that the city’s success can benefit everybody.”