Tuesday 14 May 2024

Cllr Jake Rubin to take on Brent Cabinet Climate Action role with Cllr Mary Mitchell Cabinet Climate Action Champion. New chief whip replaces Stephen Crabb


News from the Brent Labour Group AGM, held on Saturday, is gradually coming in.

Cllr Jake Rubin (Roundwood ward) announced his appointment as Cabinet Lead Member for Employment, Innovation and Climate Action on Twitter this afternoon

He takes over climate action from Cllr Krupa Sheth (Tokyngton) whose brief  was Lead Member for Environment, Infrastructure and Climate Action.

Cllr Iman Ahmadi Moghaddam (Wembley Park) has the interesting and potentially difficult role of Labour Chief Whip.

He takes over from Cllr Stephen Crabb  (Queens Park)who had his own difficulties in the role when he had to deal with a potentially controversial Labour motion for Full Council.

After his intervention, when he sought advice from a senior Labour Party body, the motion was not placed on the agenda.


The Climate Action brief has been additionally strengthened by the appointment of Cllr Mary Mitchell (Welsh Harp) as 'Climate Action Cabinet Champion.'

Hopefully this will mean a more concerted and coordinated tackling of climate emergency action across council departments. Something local environmental groups have been pressing for.







I understand  that Cllr Rita Begum (Kilburn) failed in her attempt to become Deputy Leader of the Labour Group. Cllr Rita Conneely (Kilburn) retains her chair of the Resources and Public Realm Scrutiny Committee. Cabinet and  Committee posts go the the Full Council AGM for approval but the Chief Whip post is internal.

The Council AGM takes place on May 22nd, when other positions will be announced, and the first Cabinet of the new municipal year is on May 28th.


Anonymous said...

As all Brent Cabinet Members come for the Labour Group should not the Chairpersons of Scrutiny come from the opposition parties?

Anonymous said...

Agreed. That would be in the best interests of good local government - butt the Leader only wants power without proper scrutiny of his actions.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately the right wing and inept Cabinet dead legs still remain in place and will continue ruining the Borough.

Anonymous said...

Are the Labour Group increasing the number of Cabinet Members so that more Labour Councillors are added to the ever increasing Councillor expenses bill paid for by Brent taxpayers so the Labour Party coffers are boosted even more in time for next local elections in 2026?

Anonymous said...

I'm sure what we all would like to know is what qualifications or life experience do these Councillors bring to the table when they are elected to head up various Committee posts? and how are they elected?
As from where most of us Residents' sit, we haven't got a clue, and neither have some of the Councillors!

Anonymous said...

Good question. From what I have gleaned, the main qualification for occupying a key councillor “decision maker position” is you must be related to Butt or have a “connection” with him. I mean it is ridiculous how many of his relatives are in councillor positions! There must be a stop/limit to this practice as clearly shown to undermine and demolish democratic governance in Brent.

Anonymous said...

Governance in Bent Council is only about Butt being able to govern totally unapposed.

Anonymous said...

Usless followed by useless