Conservatives announce revamp of Shadow Cabinet

Following the election of Cllr Tim Warren as their new Group Leader, the Conservative Group on Bath and North East Somerset Council has announced some changes to its team of Shadow Cabinet spokesmen.

The Conservatives’ new Shadow Cabinet comprises of:

· Community Resources: Cllr Charles Gerrish

· Wellbeing: Cllr Vic Pritchard

· Early Years, Children, and Youth: Cllr Michael Evans

· Homes and Planning: Cllr Les Kew

· Sustainable Development: Cllr Patrick Anketell-Jones

· Neighbourhoods: Cllr Geoff Ward

· Transport: Cllr Anthony Clarke

· Tourism: Cllr Martin Veal

In addition, Councillor Paul Myers will remain as a special spokesman on the subject of Community Assets, alongside Cllr Brian Simmons, who holds a specialism in Environmental Services and Waste.

Conservative councillors also Chair three of the Council’s Policy Development and Scrutiny Panels. Cllr Sally Davis Chairs the Council’s Early Years, Children and Youth panel; Cllr Marie Longstaff Chairs the Planning, Transport and Environment panel; and Cllr Vic Pritchard Chairs the Wellbeing panel.

Announcing the new appointments, Conservative Group Leader Cllr Tim Warren said:

“We’re lucky to have a large number of councillors within the Conservative Group who hold particular expertise in certain areas, and I have been keen to utilise this range of talents on our Shadow Cabinet.

“We have a strong leadership team in the Conservative Group which is brimming with ideas on how to improve the services the Council delivers to its residents and is able to hold the Liberal Democrat administration to account. Between now and the next local elections we will aim to demonstrate to local residents that it is the Conservatives who have the right ideas to improve our local area, champion our local communities, and run Council services.”