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Cabinet reshuffle at Ealing Council

Labour-run Ealing Council has made North Acton ward Councillor Blerina Hashani portfolio holder for thriving communities as it announces a reshuffle of roles for other councillors in its cabinet. 

Councillor Hashani, who works as a public policy and campaign manager for The British Library, first become a councillor in the May 2022 local elections and  is now believed to be the country’s first cabinet member of Kosovar heritage.

Ealing Council Councillors Blerina Hashani and Peter Mason. Photo: Ealing Council
Ealing Council Councillors Blerina Hashani and Peter Mason. Photo: Ealing Council

Councillor Hashani said: “I am delighted to be appointed as the new cabinet member for thriving communities. This exciting portfolio is focused on bringing people together, and I look forward to working with colleagues to continue to deliver on our manifesto pledges.”

Councillor Hashani added: “My focus remains putting the community power that already exists within the heart of each of our 7 towns into everything we do, as we are doing through our Your Voice Your Town initiative. I also look forward to delivering on our pledge for well-loved community facilities, including a new leisure centre at Gurnell.

“I am especially proud to be able to support our work as a Borough of Sanctuary. We will build on work that’s already been done to ensure refugees and asylum seekers are welcomed and supported when they arrive in our borough.’’

Council leader Councillor Peter Mason said: “Like many families in our borough who have had to endure and experience the injustice of fleeing war and as a refugee, Councillor Hashani’s own experience of asylum from the 1999 Kosovo war will be invaluable to the council as we continue to build a welcoming, fair and equal London.”

While Councillor Hashani joins the cabinet, Councillor Bassam Mahfouz who recently was elected as London Assembly Member for Ealing and Hillingdon on the 4 May 2024 elections is to step down from his cabinet member role for safe and genuinely affordable housing.

Councillor Mahfouz remains as councillor for his ward of Northolt West End.

Councillor Mason said: “I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to Councillor Mahfouz for his dedication and service to the borough. As our new member of the London Assembly, I wish him every success in championing the needs of both Ealing and Hillingdon at City Hall”.

With Councillor Mahfouz standing down, it has allowed Ealing Council to move a number of its existing cabinet members into different roles.

Councillor Louise Brett becomes cabinet member for safe and genuinely affordable homes while Councillor Kamaljit Nagpal, previously cabinet member for a fairer start takes over Councillor Brett’s former role as cabinet member for decent living incomes.

Councillor Josh Blacker moves to a fairer start from his former cabinet member role of adult social care and public health.

Councillor Polly Knewstub moves on from thriving communities to a newly titled portfolio called healthy equal lives, which covers adult social care, public health and equalities

The new Ealing Cabinet:
Leader of the council: Councillor Peter Mason
Deputy leader and climate action: Councillor Deirdre Costigan
Tackling crime and antisocial behaviour: Councillor Jasbir Anand
Inclusive economy: Councillor Steve Donnelly
Good growth and new homes: Councillor Shital Manro
Decent living incomes: Councillor Kamaljit Nagpal
A fairer start: Councillor Josh Blacker
Safe and genuinely affordable homes: Councillor Louise Brett
Healthy, equal lives: Councillor Polly Knewstub
Thriving communities: Councillor Blerina Hashani

Councillor Gareth Shaw continues to attend cabinet as the council’s chief whip

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