Powys County Council has announced the names that the newly elected Leader has chosen to serve in his Cabinet. It will be made up of 10 Cllrs. 3 of whom will be from the North (Montgomeryshire), and 7 from the South (B&R). Michael Jones has chosen only Lib Dems and Powys Inds, which is much as expected. I do not know how many of them speak Welsh. The new Cabinet will take over their duties on May 12th.
The full list, is;
Michael Jones - Leader.
Tony Thomas - Resources, Workforce and Housing.
Les Davies - Children and Partnerships.
Kath Roberts-Jones - Corporate Governance and assets.
Rosemarie Harris - Social Services, Care and Health.
Ken Harris - Waste, Climate Change and Welsh Language.
Leisure and Learning - Stephen Hayes.
Regeneration and Culture - Wyn Jones.
Liam Fitzpatrick - Change, Communication and Performance.
Geraint Hopkins - Environment and Regulation.
The only new name here is Kath Roberts-Jones, Cllr. for Kerry. Leaving the power table (currently named the Executive Board will be Montg. Inds, David Jones and Graham Brown, and Conservatives Russell George and Gareth Ratcliffe, both of whom are candidates in the National Assembly elections to be held on May 5th. Gary Price, who has also left, following his selection as Plaid Cymru'd candidate will be replaced for the next three months by Viola Evans.
I suppose there will have to be a Shadow Cabinet appointed in the new arrangements. And I'm not sure what's going to happen to all the Committee Chairmanships. The most interesting aspect of all to me will be the 'scrutiny' arrangements. No political system can be deemed properly democratic (in the modern sense) without strong 'scrutiny' committees, something I would expect the Assembly Government to take a view on.