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Mayor Jules Pipe was elected as the new chair of London Councils today, Tuesday 8 June. He was voted into the position by a meeting of borough leaders.
The first directly elected mayor of Hackney, Pipe was elected mayor for a third term last month. He is currently one of four directly elected Mayors in the capital – including Boris Johnson – and one of only eleven directly elected local authority Mayors in the country.
Since becoming mayor in October 2002, he has been widely credited with leading the transformation of Hackney Council into a 3 star, high-performing and more efficient local authority. Still, he has his many critics within the borough.
He was a national newspaper journalist as well as serving as a ward councillor from 1996 to 2002, and leader of the council from June 2001 before being elected as Mayor in 2002.
Mayor Pipe said: “The aftermath of the global recession, the Government’s aim to reduce the deficit, and an impending programme of cuts across the public sector will set local government a challenge the scale and impact of which we cannot yet know.”
“London Councils will work hard to ensure that London is prepared for the tough decisions that we all know will have to be made. We will also continue to promote innovation in London’s authorities, championing improvement and sharing best practice.”
The leadership of the organisation may have changed, but London Councils’ commitment to getting the best deal for London’s local authorities will not. We will continue to work in a cross-party and collegiate manner, representing all of London’s councils, and remaining ambitious for London and for local government.
“We will also continue to press for more powers to be devolved to the local level, and in doing so promote a vision of local democracy that is truly local.”
At the same meeting Councillor Claire Kober (Haringey) was elected as Deputy Chair. Councillor Sean Brennan (Sutton), Councillor Edward Lister (Wandsworth), and Stuart Fraser (City of London) were elected as vice chairs.