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Southwark leader elected London Councils chair

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Southwark LBC leader Peter John (Lab) has been elected chair of London Councils.

Cllr John succeeds Claire Kober (Lab), who stepped down as Haringey leader at the last election.

In a statement he said London Councils has “an essential role” in ensuring the expertise of London boroughs is harnessed effectively.

Cllr John added: “Ensuring London’s services are sustainably funded is a key priority, particularly in the context of the government’s fair funding review and the next spending review.

“We know children’s services and adult social care are under incredible pressure in the capital.

“We need to make the case for sustainable funding and why investing in prevention at local level represents good value for all Londoners.”

LGC will publish an in-depth interview with Cllr John later this week.

The new London Councils executive:

  • Peter John (Lab) - chair and executive member for public service reform and devolution and finance and resources
  • Lib Peck (Lab) - deputy chair and executive member crime and public protection
  • Teresa O’Neill (Con) - vice chair 
  • Ruth Dombey (Lib Dem) - vice chair
  • Catherine McGuinness (Ind) - vice chair
  • Ray Puddifoot (Con) - executive member for health and care (including adult care services)
  • Julian Bell (Lab) - chair of London Councils’ transport and environment committee
  • Darren Rodwell (Lab) - executive member for housing and planning
  • Muhammed Butt (Lab) - executive member for welfare, empowerment and inclusion
  • Clare Coghill (Lab) - executive member for business engagement, Brexit and good growth
  • Georgia Gould (Lab) - executive member for skills and employment
  • Nickie Aiken (Con) - executive member for schools and children’s services (including education, children’s social care and safeguarding)
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