New top team unveiled as Durham County Council announces cabinet

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DURHAM County Council’s new ruling cabinet has been announced.

Councillor Simon Henig, who represents the Chester-le-Street West central ward, has been re-elected as leader of the authority.

Former Easington District Council leader Alan Napier, of Murton, retains the post of deputy leader with additional responsibility for finance and legal and democratic services.

Coun Jane Brown takes up the new post of cabinet member for corporate services.

Coun Ossie Johnson takes on the portfolio for children and young people’s services, including safeguarding.

Coun Eddie Tomlinson is the new cabinet member for housing and rural issues.

Coun Neil Foster retains the portfolio for economic regeneration, dealing with planning, regeneration, tourism and culture.

Coun Morris Nicholls, of Thornley, continues as cabinet member for adult services with responsibility for adult social care welfare rights and carers.

Coun Maria Plews is responsible for leisure, libraries and lifelong Learning.

Coun Brian Stephens, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, covers asset management, customer services, streetscene, highways, waste management and consumer protection.

Coun Lucy Hovvels will serve as cabinet member for safer and healthier communities.