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New leadership arrangements announced for Leeds City Council

A new leadership team at Leeds City Council takes to the helm today to steer the city forward into what could be a whole new future.Along with a new leader, there are two new deputy leaders, and two new executive members to help the council achieve its priority goals over the coming years.

At the council's AGM last night Councillor Judith Blake was officially confirmed as leader of the council, along with deputy leaders Cllrs Lucinda Yeadon and James Lewis.The ruling Labour administration has laid out its priorities for the next couple of years, including creating strong economic growth in a compassionate city by providing opportunities for growth and prosperity for all communities, and equipping the city’s young people with the skills and aspirations to succeed.Seeking to obtain more local powers from central government and continuing the work already underway to put Leeds on the map nationally and internationally are also high priorities for the new leadership team.

Amendments have been made to the executive board portfolio areas to reflect the administration’s priorities for the coming years and the changes to the membership of the team.

Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council said:

“It is vital that we have a strong team who are committed to doing everything we can to support and protect the people who are in most need of our help – a team which will work hard to help our city to continue to grow and succeed and meet any challenges head-on.

“We will continue the fantastic work which has already begun to put Leeds firmly on the map, both nationally and internationally through events like the Tour De France Grand Départ, and the British Art Show 8 later this year, as well as next year’s World Triathlon Series and of course our bid to be the European Capital of Culture 2023.

“However, we also have a very determined focus on working to create jobs and future opportunity, particularly for our young people. In attracting and creating work opportunities we also guarantee that the city itself is strong for the future.“I intend to build on the exceptional work of my predecessor Cllr Keith Wakefield and am very much looking forward to the challenges of leading such a large, vibrant and diverse city – we have a very bright and exciting future ahead of us.”

The new portfolio holders are:

Executive Member Portfolio
Councillor Judith Blake Leader of council and executive member for economy and culture
Councillor Lucinda Yeadon Deputy leader and executive member for children and families
Councillor James Lewis Deputy leader and executive member for resources and strategy
Councillor Debra Coupar Executive member for communities
Councillor Mark Dobson Executive member for environmental protection and community safety
Councillor Richard Lewis Executive member for regeneration, transport and planning
Councillor Lisa Mulherin Executive member for health, wellbeing and adults
Councillor Mohammed Rafique Executive member for employment, enterprise and opportunity

For media enquiries, please contact:

Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk