All thirteen Liberal Democrat councillors in Southwark will be on the frontline as spokespeople for the Group in a new look format to replace the old Shadow Cabinet system.
All Lib Dem councillors, including the five newly elected councillors, will take on one area of council business each this year to work as a collective team in the town hall. They will be led by Cllr Anood Al-Samerai, who continues as Group leader, with Cllr Adele Morris also staying on as deputy leader.
The new format of having all councillors listed as spokespeople means each of them will be responsible for holding Labour Cabinet members to account, but will also make sure they have more time to be out campaigning in their own wards.
The full list of Liberal Democrat Group spokespeople at Southwark Council, agreed by the Group this week, is:
- Leader; Finance & jobs Anood Al-Samerai
- Deputy leader; Regeneration Adele Morris
- Community safety David Hubber
- Transport Damian O’Brien
- Environment James Barber
- Housing Ben Johnson & Hamish McCallum (shared)
- Communities and citizenship Eliza Mann
- Adult social care Maria Linforth-Hall
- Health David Noakes
- Leisure Lisa Rajan
- Children’s services James Okosun
- Education Rosie Shimell
Commenting, leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at Southwark Council, Cllr Anood Al-Samerai, said:
“Our new team has a huge diversity of age, gender, ethnicity and background. We are already back challenging Labour councillors in the town hall. More importantly, we are out on doorsteps and in advice surgeries helping with the things people really care about like housing and jobs.”