New Labour Leader Takes Charge Of Merton Council

Labour leader and cabinet confirmed, with Tory Mayor

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The new leader of Merton Borough Council was confirmed tonight as Labour group leader, Stephen Alambritis, at the annual council meeting which followed the recent election.

Labour won 28 seats at the election, against the 27 seats won by the Conservative group, which previously had controlled the council.

The result, which also saw the Liberal Democrats gain two seats and the Merton Park Ward Independent Residents retain their three councillors, bucked the national trend as the Conservatives lost three seats.

Councillor Alambritis (left) said: This is a very  challenging time for Merton but I am looking forward to providing residents with cleaner streets and with value for money council services.

"My cabinet and I are dedicated to delivering residents the best quality services and focussing on the areas that matter most to them."

The make-up of the council means stays in "no overall control", but effectively it is run by Labour as the council cabinet of eight posts is entirely made up of Labour councillors as follows:

Deputy leader and cabinet member for performance and implementation - Councillor Mark Betteridge
Cabinet member for children’s services - Councillor Maxi Martin
Cabinet member for education - Councillor Peter Walker
Cabinet member for community and culture - Councillor Martin Whelton
Cabinet member for adult social care and health - Councillor Linda Kirby
Cabinet member for finance - Councillor Mark Allison
Cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration - Councillor Andrew Judge
Cabinet member for community safety, engagement and equalities - Councillor Edith Macauley.

But the new Mayor of Merton is Tory Councillor Oonagh Moulton with fellow Conservative Councillor Margaret Brierly acting as Deputy Mayor.

The new Mayor, Councillor Moulton (left) said: "It is a great honour and privilege to have been elected Mayor and I am really looking forward to the experience. I am thrilled that I will be able to go around the borough meeting the people of Merton and will also be raising money for my two chosen charities Wimbledon Civic Theatre Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support."

May 26, 2010