Paul Carter announces cabinet shake-up after emphatic Kent County Council triumph for Conservatives

PUBLISHED: 08:56 16 May 2017

Paul Carter

Paul Carter


The Tories won 67 out of the 81 seats at County Hall in the local elections earlier this month

Kent County Council leader Paul Carter has announced a shake-up of his cabinet after the Conservatives’ emphatic triumph in the local elections earlier this month.

The group won 67 of the 81 seats with the Liberal Democrats emerging as the official opposition with seven seats.

John Simmonds has relinquished his role as deputy leader - though still holds his post as cabinet member for finance - and is replaced by Peter Oakford, who is also taking on a new role as cabinet member for strategic commissioning and public health.

Susan Carey has been appointed cabinet member for customers, communications and performance while Eric Hoston replaces Gary Cooke as member for corporate and democratic services.

Elsewhere, Graham Gibbens, Roger Gough, Matthew Balfour, Mark Dance and Mike Hill reprised their roles as chiefs of adult social care, education, environment and transport, economic development and community and regulatory services respectively.

“This new cabinet is a very strong team that harnesses the very best talents at County Hall,” Cllr Carter said.

“The cabinet has a challenging agenda ahead, continuing its focus on delivering excellent value for money and improving frontline services.

“The new cabinet will ensure we remain a strong, vibrant and forward-thinking local authority.”

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