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Leicestershire County Council leader Nick Rushton reshuffles his cabinet

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Leicestershire County Council leader Nick Rushton has reshuffled his cabinet after victory in last week's elections. Coun Rushton's Tories regained control of County Hall but saw their tally of councillors drop from 33 to 30 after Thursday's election. Coun Rushton was re-elected as group leader at the weekend along with Byron Rhodes as his deputy. Now he has announced who will take on what responsibilities in his cabinet. There is only one new face in the ten-strong team - Coun Peter Osborne, who represents the Rothley and Mountsorrel Division. He takes over responsibilty for transport from long-serving Lesley Pendleton who did not seek re-election. Coun Dave Houseman is still in charge of adult social care but the responsibility for heritage, leisure and arts passes to Coun Richard Blunt, who is also in charge of planning. Coun Rhodes holds onto his post as County Hall's finance spokesman and Joe Orson keeps his community safety and policing relations brief. Coun Ivan Ould is still the cabinet member for children and young people and Blake Pain will be the economic development portfolio holder - supporting the leader - and will take charge of waste management. Coun Pam Posnett is the only woman in the cabinet and is in charge of equalities, trading standards and environmental matters while Ernie White keeps his health and wellbeing portfolio. Coun Rushton said: "This is a strong team and what is needed for these challenging times. "We will continue to focus on our priorities and we are united in ensuring the county council delivers the best services at the lowest cost. "The challenges facing the county council are so serious that it is important the opposition parties work with us. "Therefore the transformation board I established before the elections will continue with two places each for the opposition parties. "In the same spirit, I am offering each opposition party the chairmanship of a scrutiny committee and the vice-chairmanship of the council to the larger opposition party."

Leicestershire County Council leader Nick Rushton reshuffles his cabinet


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