Who will be running Southend Council? Take a look at your new cabinet members

Who will be running Southend Council? Take a look at your new cabinet members

Who will be running Southend Council? Take a look at your new cabinet members

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A NEW era in Southend politics could see more councillors getting a say on the big decisions as a new coalition gets set to take power.

A coalition of Independent, Labour and Lib Dem councillors will seize power from the Tories on Southend Council tomorrow night and is already planning a major shake-up of the status quo.

Controversial plans to build a seawall in Shoebury, close libraries and shut care homes will all be reviewed, while the current cabinet system could also go in favour of a new committee system.

But who are the people behind the coalition? See a profile of the new leaders here: 

While the new coalition ponders scrapping the cabinet system, it has appointed a new cabinet to take the Conservatives’ former hot-seats.

Ron Woodley: Independent councillor for Thorpe.

Role: Council leader and cabinet member for corporate services.

First elected: 2007.

Ian Gilbert: Labour group leader and councillor for Victoria.

Role: Deputy council leader and cabinet member for community support.

First elected: 2008.

Graham Longley: Lib Dem group leader and councillor for Blenheim Park.

Role: Deputy council leader and cabinet member for enterprise, tourism and economic regeneration.

First elected: 1983.

Martin Terry: Independent councillor for Thorpe and formerly Westborough.

Role: Independent group spokesperson and cabinet member for public protection, waste and transport.

First elected: 2003 (Westborough) and 2014 (Thorpe).

Anne Jones: Labour councillor for Kursaal.

Role: Cabinet member for children and learning.

First elected: 2012.

Mike Assenheim: Independent councillor for Shoebury.

Role: Cabinet member for regulatory control.

First elected: 2007.

David Norman: Labour councillor for Victoria.

Role: Cabinet member for adult social care and health and housing

First elected: 1965.

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9:38am Fri 6 Jun 14

Barry Bas says...

Look at that picture, "Worst boy band ever!" as Comic Book Guy from the Simpsons would say.
Look at that picture, "Worst boy band ever!" as Comic Book Guy from the Simpsons would say. Barry Bas
  • Score: 3

9:57am Fri 6 Jun 14

Happy Chickie says...

One would think these guys in the picture could have sharpened up a bit more. And the hands in pockets thing shows how unsatisfied with this self image he is.
One would think these guys in the picture could have sharpened up a bit more. And the hands in pockets thing shows how unsatisfied with this self image he is. Happy Chickie
  • Score: 2

10:00am Fri 6 Jun 14

shoess3 says...

Interesting that there's no representation for Chalkwell, Leigh and Eastwood.
Interesting that there's no representation for Chalkwell, Leigh and Eastwood. shoess3
  • Score: 1

11:11am Fri 6 Jun 14

dumpy06 says...

give them a chance,they cant balls it up any more than the last lot .OR ?
give them a chance,they cant balls it up any more than the last lot .OR ? dumpy06
  • Score: 1

12:17pm Fri 6 Jun 14

whateverhappened says...

shoess3 wrote:
Interesting that there's no representation for Chalkwell, Leigh and Eastwood.
No we are are just there for milking,
[quote][p][bold]shoess3[/bold] wrote: Interesting that there's no representation for Chalkwell, Leigh and Eastwood.[/p][/quote]No we are are just there for milking, whateverhappened
  • Score: 2

1:19pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Matthew S. Dent says...

shoess3 wrote:
Interesting that there's no representation for Chalkwell, Leigh and Eastwood.
There are seventeen wards in Southend, and seven cabinet seats. Of course every ward isn't going to have its own cabinet member.
[quote][p][bold]shoess3[/bold] wrote: Interesting that there's no representation for Chalkwell, Leigh and Eastwood.[/p][/quote]There are seventeen wards in Southend, and seven cabinet seats. Of course every ward isn't going to have its own cabinet member. Matthew S. Dent
  • Score: 1

3:08pm Fri 6 Jun 14

sesibollox says...

shoess3 wrote:
Interesting that there's no representation for Chalkwell, Leigh and Eastwood.
No because they've all been merged with Westcliff...
[quote][p][bold]shoess3[/bold] wrote: Interesting that there's no representation for Chalkwell, Leigh and Eastwood.[/p][/quote]No because they've all been merged with Westcliff... sesibollox
  • Score: 0

4:04pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

First job of the day
Dealing with a unison council strike!
Lol. Lol. Lol. Lol. Lol lmfao
First job of the day Dealing with a unison council strike! Lol. Lol. Lol. Lol. Lol lmfao Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: -3

10:31pm Fri 6 Jun 14

the25man says...

This how all councils should be. No party politics just local councillors looking after the local matters.
This how all councils should be. No party politics just local councillors looking after the local matters. the25man
  • Score: 1

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