COUNCIL LEADER FROM COUNCIL AGM
Councillor Lewis Herbert, Leader and Executive Councillor for Strategy and Transformation
LABOUR’S SIX EXECUTIVE COUNCILLORS
Cllr Carina O’Reilly - Deputy Leader & Executive Cllr for City Centre and Public Places (Arbury)
Carina has lived in Cambridge for 17 years, most of that time on the edge of the city centre.
‘I'm particularly keen to see small and independent businesses given the chance to flourish.
I'm an allotment holder and a cyclist, and have a love for Cambridge's green and open spaces.
They are an integral part of the beauty of the city and I want to see them protected for everyone.’
Cllr George Owers - Executive Cllr for Finance and Resources (Coleridge)
George has been a Councillor since November 2010, when he became the youngest ever Cambridge City Councillor at 21. He is now 25 and conducting research and teaching in history at Cambridge University. He has been a leading contributor to Cambridge Labour's policy development and budget amendments for several years.
'My immediate priority is to balance the need to finance our anti-poverty strategy and social justice agenda with the financial discipline required to deal with the pernicious effects of national austerity.’
Cllr Kevin Price - Executive Cllr for Housing (King’s Hedges)
Kevin has lived in Cambridge all his life, went to local schools and mostly worked in the City too, and also served as a Councillor in the 1990s.
‘Since returning to the City Council, I have wanted to improve the housing situation and also the environment on our estates for our residents, and am looking forward to getting started.
One of my first practical changes is to increase the budget for fencing around our estates to tackle the backlog of damage and repairs needed.’
Cllr Richard Johnson - Executive Cllr for Community, Arts & Recreation (Abbey)
Richard lives on Newmarket Road, in Abbey. He has been in Cambridge for ten years, having first come to the city to study History at Downing College where he graduated in 2007. Since then he has worked at the University Library. He was elected as Abbey City Councillor in 2012.
‘My top priority is to find ways the Council can better tackle social exclusion and empower those people who feel they don't share in Cambridge's prosperity, and achieve that with less overall funding. It won't be an easy tightrope to walk but I am confident we can do it, building a fairer and more equal city.’
Cllr Peter Roberts - Executive Cllr for Environment, Waste and Health (Abbey)
Peter was recently re-elected as one of Abbey's councillors, he works for Richard Howitt MEP and is a supervisor at the University of Cambridge. Peter will be taking over the Environment, Waste
and Health portfolio which contains many of the policies Labour campaigned heavily on in May's local election, including reversing the cut to the pest control, ward cleaning blitzes and bolstering
Cambridge's green credentials.
‘My immediate priority will be delivering on a range of Labour's cleaner and greener pledges
made over the last year, starting with the pest control and moving towards improving how we operate and respond to resident demands.’
Cllr Kevin Blencowe, Executive Cllr for Planning Policy and Transport (Petersfield)
Kevin has been a Cambridge resident for over 30 years, since arriving in 1982 to study. He has lived and worked in the city ever since, including 19 years serving as a Petersfield city councillor.
He has been Labour’s lead councillor on planning for over a decade, and has a practical ‘can-do’ approach and a keen sense of fairness, particularly when it comes to planning decisions and policy.
‘I am committed to working in the interest of everyone in the city, and to devoting considerable time, energy and enthusiasm; not forgetting a dose of common sense.’