Council decision-makers are named

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A COUNCIL has announced its new cabinet to decide on the future of services for thousands of householders.

Durham County Council leader Coun Simon Henig has retained Murton councillor Alan Napier as deputy leader with additional responsibility for finance and legal and democratic services.

Trimdon councillor Lucy Hovvels will again serve as cabinet member for safer and healthier communities along with fellow Trimdon representative Morris Nicholls continues as cabinet member for adult services.

They will be joined by fellow Labour councillors Jane Brown, Ossie Johnson, Eddie Tomlinson, Neil Foster, Maria Plews and Brian Stephens, who are all from other areas of County Durham.

Coun Henig said: “This is an experienced cabinet which includes representation from all six parliamentary constituencies in County Durham as well as previous experience on all but one of the previous eight district and county councils.

“The cabinet will also be supported by eight other councillors including five newly elected members. This mix of experience and new ideas will stand County Durham in good stead as we continue to face unprecedented budget cuts from central government which could continue for several more years.”

Coun Pauline Charlton was delighted to be elected as chairman of the council. She said: “I am looking forward to representing the people of County Durham.”

Coun John Robinson, who represents Sedgefield, has been chosen as Vice Chairman.