The new executive members take up their roles with immediate effect

Revealed: MCC’s new-look cabinet

Sarah Townsend

A shake-up of Manchester City Council’s executive members was agreed at the local Labour Group’s annual general meeting earlier this week and ratified by full council today.

The new-look cabinet comes into force with immediate effect, and sees several departures including that of Cllr Angeliki Stogia, the local authority’s executive member for environment, planning and transport.

Veteran council leader Sir Richard Leese also fought off the first challenge to his leadership from his group in more than two decades.

Newly elected Hulme member Ekua Bayunu formally ran against Leese, but he won 75 votes to Bayunu’s 15.

The full list of executive members:

Council leader                             Sir Richard Leese,

Deputy leader                             Bev Craig

Deputy leader                             Luthfur Rahman

Health & care                              Joanna Midgley

Children’s services                     Garry Bridges

Environment, planning & transport   Tracey Rawlins

Housing & employment             Gavin White

Neighbourhoods                          Rabnawaz Akbar

Cllr Tommy Judge continues in his role as Lord Mayor of Manchester until May next year in a term which has been extended beyond the usual one year due to the pandemic.

Cllr Donna Ludford has been appointed Deputy Lord Mayor.

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