Ealing and Northfield

Cabinet rumours

A few hints about the new Labour Ealing cabinet were swirling around at last night’s council meeting. We know the leader will be Julian Bell and the chief whip Brian Reeves.

The finance portfolio will be taken by the old opposition Finance and Performance spokeswoman Yvonne Johnson. At the count Shittal Manro, a new-old councillor, was throwing his weight around and asking after reserves. At least Johnson has a bit of finesse. It may not stop her trying to clean out all the council’s reserves though.

My old portfolio is going to be taken by the old Labour shadow Kamaljit Dhindsa.

During his very confident maiden speech new boy Hitesh Tailor made reference to his taking over the housing portfolio. After last night’s meeting the portfolio holder will be known to all as Cllr Withani. On his Twitter profile Cllr Withani talks of being a housing researcher. In his past he has actually worked for Ealing as a housing officer. A case of poacher turned gamekeeper or a case of Labour being on the side of producer interests?

Another old shadow taking on a portfolio is Patricia Walker who is taking on Children’s. Cllr Walker is an academic, based at the University of East London, see her profile here. This is a big portfolio and one that is going to see huge change. It is also probably the portfolio that involves the highest risk decisions. Cllr Walker is given to using words such a “pedagogical” in her speeches. The word she will have to learn is no.

5 replies on “Cabinet rumours”

Still working for me, but here’s the list anyway:
Julian Bell Leader of Ealing Council & Regeneration
Ranjit Dheer Deputy Leader, Safer Communities
Yvonne Johnson Finance and Performance
Bassam Mahfouz Environment and Transport
Kamaljit Dhindsa Customer and Community Services
Hitesh Tailor Housing
Jasbir Anand Health & Adult
Patricia Walker Childrens services
Brian Reeves Chief Whip

interesting to see that the new leader will take on the regeneration portfolio themselves.



For those of us suffering from local politics withdrawal syndrome, you’ll have to explain the Cllr Withani jibe.

The one that will be the most interesting is Bassam Mahfouz, who now has some responsibility and will have to deliver something rather than just taking the credit for other people’s ideas or blaming the Tories for the last Labour administration’s mistakes (eg. introduction of legally unenforceable yellow boxes).



Hope you are having a well earnt rest.

Cllr Withani made his maiden speech and introduced himself as Tailor “with an i” to avoid any confusion with me. Thereafter all of the councillors, even on his own side, referred to him as Cllr Tailor Withani. I think it will stick.

You are right about the outrageous Bassam. He talked about the Tories unfairly making money out of parking but forgot to mention that we bought parking under control and reduced the number of tickets issued by about 30%.


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