Cllr Jane Edbrooke has paid the political price for failing to listen to local residents over her bonkers book-ish gym policy.
The Progress Cllr has lost her Neighbourhoods portfolio. The responsibility for libraries will now fall to Edbrooke’s fellow Oval Progress representative, Cllr Jack Hopkins.
Edbrooke will keep her £28,000 Cabinet ‘allowance’ as she has been asked instead to take on a new role of Children and Schools. Her first task will be to try and stop the government from taking control of her new department.
Lambeth Council admitted that this is a very real possibility in a couple of months time, following the disastrous Ofsted ‘inadequate’ rating of Children’s Services.
The announcement of Edbrooke being relieved of her library responsibilities is contained in the Full Council papers [pdf] for the April meeting that have just been published.
This might explain Edbrooke’s recent default position of highlighting funding for Children’s Services whenever she has tried to defend book-ish gyms.
It is unlikely that Hopkins will take a more benign approach to book-ish gyms. The Oval Cllr is from the far right of the Labour party. Working with a Third Way organisation such as Greenwich Leisure Ltd is something of a political wet dream for Hopkins.
The slight reshuffle also sees the promotion of Cllr Mohammed Seedat. The Streatham Wells Cllr will job share the Healthier and Stronger Communities portfolio – whatever that might mean – with Cllr Jim Dickson.
This appointment will be shared in the next municipal year, where each councillor will be in post for 6 months on a consecutive basis.
It seems like a very odd way of working, but Dickson is a very busy man with his political lobbying company, Four Communications.