Conservatives reveal cabinet members for Lewes District Council

L- R back row Cllr Paul Franklin, Cllr Elayne Merry, Cllr Tom Jones.'L-R front row Cllr Andy Smith, Cllr Rob Blackman, Cllr Ron Maskell

L- R back row Cllr Paul Franklin, Cllr Elayne Merry, Cllr Tom Jones.'L-R front row Cllr Andy Smith, Cllr Rob Blackman, Cllr Ron Maskell

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Councillor Rob Blackman was re-elected as the leader of Lewes District Council on Wednesday May 20.

He was selected by his fellow councillors at the annual council meeting held at County Hall in Lewes and will also chair the cabinet.

The district council cabinet members, who will take on specific areas of responsibility were also announced.

The new cabinet includes: cllr Blackman, leader and regeneration, enterprise and partnerships; cllr Andy Smith, deputy leader and finance and resources; cllr Paul Franklin, environment; cllr Tom Jones, planning; cllr Ron Maskell, housing and cllr Elayne Merry, people and performance.

Cllr Ruth O’Keeffe who represents Lewes Priory ward is the new chair of Lewes District Council.

And cllr Robbie Robertson, ward councillor for Peacehaven West was appointed vice-chair of the council.

The leader of the Liberal Democrat Group is cllr Sarah Osborne, the convenor of the Green Party is cllr Tony Rowell and the leader of the Independent Group is cllr Ruth O’Keeffe.

Following the local district elections held on Thursday May 7 the Conservative Group has overall control of Lewes District Council.

There are a total of 41 councillors in the Lewes District with 21 wards.

The political make-up of these wards is 24 Conservative Group, 11 Liberal Democrat, three Green Party, two Independent and one UKIP.

Cllr Rob Blackman said: “It’s a privilege to be elected as the leader of the council and as well as delivering on our Conservative manifesto promises and notwithstanding our comfortable majority, I am happy to work with the other political groups to effect positive change in our beautiful district.”