Council Leader retains leadership and keeps his Cabinet

Friday, 29th May 2015

Councillor Daniel Cook has been re-elected as Leader of Tamworth Borough Council – making him one of the borough’s longest serving leaders.

Cllr Cook was re-elected Leader at this weeks Full Council meeting. After accepting the position, he announced that Cllr Rob Pritchard would remain in his current role as Deputy Leader of the Council.

Cllr Cook became leader of Tamworth Borough Council in December 2009 and has been a councillor since 2004.

This is the seventh time he has been elected Leader of the Council and only the former Leader, the late Cllr Phil Dix, OBE, has served in the position longer.

There is no change to Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet, with members and portfolios remaining as they were before the election on May 7.

The full Cabinet and responsibilities are:

  • Cllr Daniel Cook: Leader. Portfolio: Performance, financial planning, strategy and reputation
  • Cllr Rob Pritchard: Deputy Leader. Portfolio: Operations & Assets
  • Cllr Steve Claymore: Portfolio: Economy & Education
  • Cllr Stephen Doyle: Portfolio: Communities & Public Health
  • Cllr Michelle Thurgood: Portfolio: Housing & Waste Management

Following his re-election as Leader, Cllr Cook said: “It is again humbling and a great honour to be elected by colleagues as Leader of Tamworth Borough Council. It is an exciting time for our borough and we have much work to finish. The Cultural Quarter in the town centre and repairs to Tamworth Assembly Rooms are on the horizon, unemployment continues to fall and Tamworth is again becoming a vibrant economic town with a strong voice throughout the West Midlands.”

He added: “However, there are challenges to face as well. If we believe we have an aging population right now, add on 15 to 20 years. We must begin discussions today on how the needs of these residents can be met and ensure we have the correct health provision in place. Skills and education remain high on the Council’s agenda and, with my current Cabinet colleagues continuing with their good work, we can bring even more security and prosperity to our historic borough.”