New slimmed down cabinet unveiled
Robert Davis not selected while Linsdey Hall is the new mayor
21 May, 2018 — By Tom Foot
COUNCIL leader Nickie Aiken has unveiled her new slimmed-down cabinet, having axing four posts from the one she introduced 18 months ago.
Out goes Daniel Astaire – who has quit the city council after 12 years in Westminster – Danny Chalkley, Antonia Cox, Angela Harvey and Richard Holloway who lost his seat in Bayswater at the May 3 council elections.
Robert Davis OBE, the for- mer council deputy leader and cabinet member for business, culture and heritage, has not been reappointed to the cabinet.
He referred himself to the council for investigation following uproar in the national press over his gifts and hospitality register.
The new recruits are Andrew Smith, in charge of housing and “customers”, and also Ian Adams who has the wide-ranging beat of “licensing and public protection”.
His portfolio covers not only rough sleeping and anti-social behaviour but trading standards, domestic abuse and also “gangs, gambling and shisha”, according to an official council bulletin.
Heather Acton is the new family services and public health chief while David Harvey is in charge of “economic development, education and community” and is deputy leader.
Richard Beddoe remains planning chief with “place shaping” added to his brief.
Rachael Robatham is finance, property and regeneration. And Tim Mitchell has the environment and “city management” brief.
Cllr Lindsey Hall is the new Lord Mayor of Westminster.