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Council leader outlines priorities after taking over new role

The new leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council has been outlining her priorities after taking over.

Abi Brown officially took over the role at a full council meeting on Thursday.

The Conservative councillor was previously deputy to City Independent Ann James - who now holds that role.

Abi says her number one priority will be focusing on tackling issues around children's social care following a damning Ofsted report.

She has already held talks with the newly appointed Commissioner to help make improvements.

Abi also moved swiftly in appointing her new cabinet members.

The full cabinet line-up is:

Councillor Abi Brown, council leader and cabinet member for corporate resource, strategy and partnerships.

Councillor Ann James, deputy council leader and cabinet member for health and social care.

Councillor Randy Conteh, cabinet member for communities and safer city.

Councillor Carl Edwards, cabinet member for the environment.

Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, infrastructure and heritage.

Councillor Joanne Powell-Beckett, cabinet member for housing.

Councillor Dave Evans, cabinet member for children and young people.

Councillor Lorraine Beardmore, cabinet member for sport, culture and leisure.

Councillor Janine Bridges, cabinet member for education and economy.

The cabinet includes five members who served on the previous administration, councillors Brown, James, Conteh, Bridges and Jellyman; and four new members, councillors Evans, Powell-Beckett, Beardmore and Edwards – the latter two being newly elected members at the local election earlier this month.

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