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Sunday, 26 October 2014

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Council executive shake-up

CARLISLE City Council leader Mike Mitchelson has announced a shake-up of its ruling executive.

Three councillors have left the team – Judith Prest, who is no longer on the council, Ray Knapton and Peter Farmer.

In come Barry Earp and Olwyn Luckley as the executive shrinks from seven members to six.

Mr Mitchelson said: “We are slimming down a little bit. We just feel that with six members we can be more informed and focused in driving the agenda forward.”

The role of the executive is similar to that of the cabinet in central government.

It makes many important decisions although some still have to be approved by the full council.

Mr Mitchelson retains his responsibility for promoting Carlisle, as well as acting as council leader.

John Mallinson takes over from Ray Bloxham as deputy leader, although both keep their existing portfolios.

Mr Mallinson is responsible for finance and performance and Mr Bloxham for environment and infrastructure. Marilyn Bowman stays in charge of economic development and enterprise.

Mr Earp takes over learning and development while Liberal Democrat Mrs Luckley, the only non-Conservative, takes on health and communities.

The Liberal Democrats have had an executive post since May last year in return for supporting the Conservatives on the hung council.

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