The champions league: Georgia’s first cabinet

FOR those hanging out on who got what in Georgia Gould’s first cabinet back at the Town Hall, the line-up was confirmed today with a very light shuffling of the pack. Pat Callaghan, Angela Mason, Phil Jones, Theo Blackwell and Merick Apak, for example, will all more or less keep the same role they had under Sarah Hayward’s watch. Abdul Hai and Jonathan Simpson do a bit of a swapsie: Crime for Abdul, culture for Jonathan. Of the new faces, Richard takes up some of Georgia’s pre-leader brief in health, while Nadia takes the reins of employment, skills and, perhaps most key under a Gouldian leadership, youth,

That’s not it. Georgia has said many times that she was ready to open up the group’s policy-forming and decision-making process up to ensure backbenchers do not continue to be left eating the dust of their higher-uppers. To widen the discussion – and this fresh approach will apparently be extended to greater engagement with the public – is a move which her predecessors never really made, and seems both brave and conciliatory. Lots of non-executive councillors will, as a result, soon be able to called themselves a ‘champion’ of one one topic or another, opening up channels for them feed into the briefs of cabinet members.

Full details:


Georgia Gould


Deputy Leader and Housing – Pat Callaghan
Children, Schools and Families – Angela Mason
Finance, Technology and Growth Policy – Theo Blackwell
Regeneration, Transport and Planning – Phil Jones
Sustainability and Environment – Meric Apak
Health and Adult Social Care – Richard Olszewksi
Cohesion, Equalities and Community Safety – Abdul Hai
Culture and Voluntary Sector – Jonathan Simpson
Employment, Skills and Youth – Nadia Shah

Disability Oversight Panel members

Disability Champion – Roger Robinson (Chair)
Carers Champion – Larraine Revah (Vice-Chair)
Learning Disability Champion – Adam Harrison
Mental Health Champion – Sarah Hayward
Older People’s Champion – Alison Kelly
Deaf and hard of hearing Champion – Abdul Quadir
Visually Impaired Champion – TBD

Wider Champions

Community Engagement Champion – Nasim Ali
Living Wage Champion – Douglas Beattie
Cycling Champion – Julian Fulbrook
Children & Equalities Champion – Samata Khatoon
Arts Champion – Paul Tomlinson
Armed Forces Champion – Heather Johnson
Heritage Champion – Richard Simpson (co-opted)

9 Comments on The champions league: Georgia’s first cabinet

  1. Anonymous // May 15, 2017 at 3:52 pm //

    Champions of what, grovelling to the TORY’s vomit inducing !!!!

  2. Anonymous // May 15, 2017 at 9:28 pm //

    Armed Forces Champion? WTF?

  3. Danny Rose // May 16, 2017 at 12:56 pm //

    Let’s see some real support for Labour’s election manifesto, Georgia.

    If you want real equality for young people in this country – and the stories for some are much harsher than those described in your book – I’d get behind your leader and support the manifesto, it’s the most forward thinking the party’s produced for years!

    Seems to me to be the biggest test of all. Is there going to be a genuine move to connect with grass roots Labour – it’s the reason the party was set up, to be a strong opposition and to fight for justice and equality – or are we going to see more of Camden Labour ‘relying on the resilience of communities’ to see people through the tough times ahead. (yawn, yawn).

    Danny R

  4. Zenaida // May 16, 2017 at 9:51 pm //

    Hai and Simpson swapped locally before. Isn’t Hai the one who doesn’t live in Camden and can’t vote? Oversight? Oops! we forgot older people? Armed Forces? You mean we never planned for their mental health and high incidence of homelessness. She probably means overseers or supervisors…you not what spell-check is like these days.

  5. Anonymous // May 18, 2017 at 4:48 pm //

    Armed forces champion suits that particular groveller grrrrr!!

    wheres the Champion of the Royal Household The Von Windsors .?

    nice to see the membership denied a vote on these positions absolutely despicable !!!but a reflection on those participating in this CHARADE !


  6. Chris Knight // May 19, 2017 at 8:19 am //

    Nice to see Comrades playing nicely!

  7. Alan Watson // May 19, 2017 at 10:08 am //

    ‘Heritage Champion’? I thought the idea was to destroy the marvellous culture we have in London by the housing policies pursued over the past decade. Housing development in London an election issue? Not if it can be helped.

  8. Alan Watson // May 19, 2017 at 10:13 am //

    Of course, I forgot, we have ‘Heritage Lane’ leading to very expensive housing in ‘Orwell’ and ‘Lessing’ etc blocks in the West Hampstead Square development.

  9. Danny Rose // May 22, 2017 at 9:47 am //

    Ever visited a local food bank, Chris? I daresay the ‘comrades’ on this page would be interested to hear your views on why residents in increasing numbers are using them in Camden and beyond. Please share.

    Danny R

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