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Meet council’s new cabinet

IT’S all change at Solihull Council - with the Lib Dems and Labour seizing control from the Tories.

IT’S all change at Solihull Council - with the Lib Dems and Labour seizing control from the Tories.

The Solihull News takes a look at the new cabinet members.

Leader of Solihull Council

Ian Hedley (Lib Dem). Hedley was elected in 2004 and has been the Lib Dem leader since last year. Said at Full Council that community engagement would be a big part of the new administration.

Resources and Efficiency

Andy Hodgson (Lib Dem). One of two Hodgsons in the cabinet - his son Tim holds the Environment portfolio. He replaces Conservative Ken Hawkins, who lost his seat this month.

Economic Development and


John Reeve (Lib Dem). A councillor of over twenty-years standing, he was the Mayor four years ago.

Children and Young People

Norman Davies (Lib Dem). Saw his party grow in strength during his time as Lib Dem leader - but stood down last year to become Mayor. He previously worked in children’s services at Birmingham City Council.


Tim Hodgson (Lib Dem). Solihull’s youngest councillor - he was elected at just 21. He has spoken out on green issues and is critical of plans for a new incinerator near Coventry.

Community Services

Graham Craig (Lab). A vocal member in meetings, he has a strong interest in the north Solihull regeneration and recently criticised plans to turn Archbishop Grimshaw into an Academy.

Healthier Communities

Sue Rose (Lib Dem). The fifth cabinet member from Shirley - a Lib Dem stronghold. She was elected in 2008.

Transport and Highways

David Jamieson (Lab). Only elected to the council this month, but previously served as transport minister during his time as a MP. Has previously spoken out about anti-social parking and speed limits outside schools.

Safer Communities

Len Cresswell (Lib Dem). The Lib Dem’s only councillor in Meriden, he is also involved with Hockley Heath Parish Council.



Cathrina Hulse
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