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Julie_and_Oliva_-_a.jpgOlivia Blake is the new Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council.

 

Councillor Blake was elected at a Labour Group meeting last night following Leigh Bramall’s decision to stand down as Deputy Leader two weeks ago. She was previously a Cabinet Adviser in the Health and Social Care Portfolio, a position she has held since May 2015.

 

Olivia was elected as a Councillor for Walkley in May 2014 and is highly regarded as a hard-working and effective ward councillor in her local community. 

 

For the first time ever Sheffield will now have a female Leader and Deputy Leader of the Council.

 

Councillor Olivia Blake, Labour Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council said:

“I am honoured that Labour Group have elected me as the new Deputy Leader of the Council. Leigh Bramall will be a hard act to follow as Deputy Leader but I am excited to have the opportunity to serve our wonderful city at such an important time. Working with Councillor Julie Dore I am committed to delivering Labour’s ambitious agenda to take Sheffield forward, to continue to stand up for Sheffield and fight the Government’s austerity agenda.” 


Councillor Julie Dore, Labour Leader of Sheffield City Council:

“I’m delighted to welcome Olivia as the new Deputy Leader. It’s important that we continue to have a strong team fighting for Sheffield and I am confident that with Olivia’s dynamism, hard work and determination she’ll do a great job for Sheffield. Olivia will bring a fresh approach and new ideas and I am really looking forward to working with her.”

Olivia Blake is New Deputy Leader

Olivia Blake is the new Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council.   Councillor Blake was elected at a Labour Group meeting last night following Leigh Bramall’s decision to stand down...

Mosborugh_Fracking.pngLabour councillors and members have been out force in Mosborough to speak to residents about the license given by the government to Ineos to carry out fracking in the area.

Whilst MP’s or local councillors do not have the power to say “no fracking here” – they do have the right to make sure that residents are fully informed and have their views represented to decision makers.

Labour MP Clive Betts is greatly aware that there is much confusion and concern about fracking in the area. Along with hardworking local councillors Tony Downing and David Barker he has set up a meeting for local residents. Also in attendance will be a representative from the Council’s planning agency and a spokesperson from an anti-fracking group. Crucially, Ineos will also be present to explain what they intend to do. 

All are welcome on Thursday 23 March at Mosborough Primary School, New School Road – start time 7.30pm.

Labour in Sheffield has been consistent in their opposition to fracking and have opposed it when and where they can. Last year Labour committed the Council to not permit fracking on Council-owned land and to reject approaches to do so.

Sal Young, local Mosborough resident (pictured left) said, ‘Labour councillors are committed to ensuring that any decisions over fracking should be taken by local communities and not by the government. I hope as many as possible will turn up – but if you can’t make it then please let our MP know your views or send questions to officeofclivebettsmp@parliament.uk

Fracking in Mosborough? - Have Your Say

Labour councillors and members have been out force in Mosborough to speak to residents about the license given by the government to Ineos to carry out fracking in the area....

CouncillLeighBramall.jpgor Leigh Bramall has announced that he is standing down as Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council, to take up a new role in communications having worked in this field before entering the Cabinet.   

Councillor Bramall has been a councillor for Southey since 2004. He has served in the Cabinet for nearly six years since May 2011 and as Deputy Leader of the Council for two years since 2015.

In this period Councillor Bramall has led the Business and Economy portfolio working to bring jobs and investment to the city. He has led a number of key achievements working with Councillor Julie Dore, the Leader of the Council, including securing the largest Chinese investment deal of any city outside London, the development of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District, fighting for a Sheffield city centre HS2 station location, resurrecting the Sheffield Retail Quarter project and leading the campaign to establish Sheffield as the UK’s Outdoor City.  

Councillor Bramall will also be standing down as ward Councillor for Southey. 

Councillor Leigh Bramall, said:

“I have been privileged to have the opportunity to serve Sheffield, working on cementing the city’s economic future and ensure we are creating jobs, growth and investment opportunities. I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved, in the past year we have seen a number of very high profile businesses coming to the city, new developments being built and investors choosing to put their money into Sheffield.

“Sheffield is a special city and has many unique attributes with much to offer, this can be seen as we grow to become the country’s centre of Advanced Manufacturing and as the Outdoor City.

“After being in the Cabinet for six years and a councillor for 13 years, I have put everything into my job and love what I do. I remain 100% committed to the work of the Labour council. But I have to put my family first and now is the right time for me to move on. I am moving to a fantastic Sheffield company and feel this is a great opportunity for me to start a new chapter in my professional career which also allows me to stay in Sheffield, the city that I love.

“I would especially like to thank the people of Southey who I have represented for nearly 13 years. It has been an honour to serve the community, working with some fantastic people who make a real difference for the area.”

Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council said: 

“Leigh has thrived in the Business and Economy Portfolio where he has made a real difference in driving forward some of the city’s key economic ambitions such as the Innovation District, the city centre and Outdoor City project. He is passionate and committed to Sheffield, it has been a pleasure working with him over the past 13 years.

“He has been dedicated to serving the people of Sheffield as Deputy Leader of the Council and given his all to the job. This inevitably takes its toll on your personal life and I completely understand and respect the decision he has made. I wish him all the best for his future career.”

 

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