The newly elected leader of Westminster City Council has pledged to promote “opportunity and fairness” in the borough.
Nickie Aiken (Con) was elected last night to succeed Baroness Couttie (Con) - Philippa Roe - who stepped down in November to concentrate on her role in the House of Lords.
Cllr Aiken has worked in private sector public relations and most recently served as the council’s cabinet member for public protection.
As cabinet member for children and young people she oversaw the move to a tri-borough arrangement for children’s services with Hammersmith & Fulham LBC and Kensington & Chelsea RBC.
She said Westminster’s “unique mix of global reach, national importance and local character” poses both opportunities and challenges and pledged to provide “exceptional” services to residents, visitors and the vulnerable.
Cllr Aiken added: “This is the essence of our vision of a city for all, a place where every single person has the opportunity to realise their potential, for example, where providing more housing gives the best possible prospects for families to thrive.”
The new leader has confirmed cabinet appointments and portfolio changes that were announced before Christmas.
Her appointment comes at a time Westminster has proposed to increase the number of homeless people it moves outside of London as it struggles to cope with rising temporary accommodation costs.