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Stephen Cowan re-confirmed as Leader of the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

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Image captionImage 1: Cllr Stephen Cowan speaking at the H&F Annual Council in Hammersmith Town Hall

Cllr Stephen Cowan has been re-confirmed as Leader of the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham at the H&F Annual Council on Wednesday night (23 May 2018). Cllr Daryl Brown was inaugurated as the borough’s new Mayor.

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Image caption: Image 2: Cllr Daryl Brown was inaugurated as the new Mayor

They take office following the local elections on 3 May, which saw 35 councillors elected for Labour and 11 for the Conservatives.

Other Cabinet and committee appointments were also confirmed at the Annual Council meeting. The details are set out on the council’s website.

Radical reform at the town hall

Cllr Stephen Cowan set out the new administration’s approach for the next four years.

“It’s humbling to know that 27,401 Hammersmith & Fulham residents, which is more than half of all people who voted in the borough, gave us a clear mandate to build on our work and finish the job they gave us to do just four years ago. There is much to do and we promise to work hard to make our wonderful borough an even better place for all.

“Saving Charing Cross Hospital remains our number one priority which is why we’ve hired the best lawyers and health advisers in the country to work alongside us on this critically important issue.

“We will build up our local economy with our new industrial strategy and new partnership with Imperial College London. But we’ll work with local schools and businesses to ensure our residents have the competitive advantage and so win the new local jobs and start-up opportunities in what will be some of the hottest sectors of the new world economy.

“We aim to be the greenest council in the country. We will introduce more innovative ways to clean our polluted air, make our streets and estates smarter and protect and improve our environment.

“I believe Brexit offers a clear and present danger to our NHS, our long-term prosperity, our ability to pay for public services and to our sense of who we are as a progressive European society. My fellow Administration colleagues and I will campaign against Brexit and the damage it is on course to do to hard working local people.

“We aim to run a different kind of council. That means we will always strive to increase efficiency and keep council tax and other charges low. We know our residents want a council that consistently acts with compassion, a council that builds up our arts scene and seeks to do things with local people and businesses rather than to them.

“That’s the job my colleagues and I started in 2014. Much has been achieved so far. Now we will crack on and deliver what our residents have charged us to do.”

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Image caption: Image 3: 2018 H&F Annual Council and Mayor Making meeting at Hammersmith Town Hall

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