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Nottingham City Council: 70% of cabinet roles will be held by women

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There will be more women than men in Nottingham City Council’s cabinet for the first time in the authority’s history.

Of the 10 top positions, seven will be held by women – up from three in the last cabinet.

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Across the whole council, 29 of the 55 councillors are female – also the first time the majority have been female.

Nottingham City Council’s leader and deputy leader – David Mellen and Sally Longford respectively, have already been appointed.

The other eight councillors who will take the top jobs are; Cheryl Barnard (Bulwell Forest), Eunice Campbell-Clark (Bulwell Forest), Neghat Khan (Dales), Rebecca Langton (Bilborough), Dave Trimble (Lenton and Wollaton East), Sam Webster (Castle), Adele Williams (Sherwood) and Linda Woodings (Basford).

While the names of the top candidates have been announced, their roles are yet to be decided.

These decisions will be finalised on Monday, May 20.

They will be given areas of responsibility – known as portfolios – such as transport, education, leisure, and business.

Councillor David Mellen, who represents the Dales ward and will soon be confirmed as the leader of the council, said:

“The number of women on the council and the executive is more than 50 per cent for the first time, so it really is historic.

“It’s great for Nottingham to be leading the way and I hope that along with greater black and minority ethnic representation, it means local people feel confident that there is someone like them on the council.”

The executive assistants – councillors appointed to help those in the top jobs – are all BME – they are councillors Merlita Bryan (Hyson Green and Arboretum), Angela Kandola (Berridge), Zafran Khan (Wollaton West), Leslie Ayoola (Mapperley) and Chantal Lee (St Ann’s).

Nationally,  far more men than women are councillors, and a huge majority are white.

The Local Government Association said shortly before the last election 96 per cent of councillors are white and two-thirds are male. More than a quarter are over 70 years old.

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