New Wandsworth Council Leader Pledges Fresh Start

Simon Hogg commits to keeping Council Tax low as he announces cabinet

Cllrs Aydin Dikerdem, Clare Fraser, Judi Gasser, Simon Hogg, Kemi Akinola, Graeme Henderson, Kate Stock and Angela Ireland
Cllrs Aydin Dikerdem, Clare Fraser, Judi Gasser, Simon Hogg, Kemi Akinola, Graeme Henderson, Kate Stock and Angela Ireland

Following last Thursday’s (5 May) election, the Leader of the Labour majority party at Wandsworth Council has promised residents that his new administration will be based on fairness - with supporting communities and residents at the top of the agenda.

Cllr Simon Hogg also committed to keeping Council Tax low for the long term.

He has announced the cabinet leads he wants to work with him and the appointments will be confirmed once the Council has elected a new Leader at the Council’s annual meeting on 25 May.

Those being proposed to serve in the new cabinet are:

Councillor Kemi Akinola - Deputy Leader of the Council and lead on the voluntary sector, business engagement and culture.

Councillor Angela Ireland - Cabinet lead for finance. Responsible for all areas of Town Hall finances, including budget setting and trying to make sure departments are financially efficient and effective.

Councillor Aydin Dikerdem - Cabinet lead for housing. Responsible for the council's housing stock, regeneration programmes and meeting the ambition to create genuinely affordable homes for residents.

Councillor Kate Stock - Cabinet lead for children. Responsible for all Council services relating to children and young people across all Wandsworth communities.

Councillor Graeme Henderson - Cabinet lead for health. Supporting Wandsworth’s elderly and vulnerable residents to try to ensure they receive high quality social care as well as spearheading the borough’s community public health initiatives.

Councillor Clare Fraser - Cabinet lead for transport. Administering policies on transport improvements and infrastructure, including roads, pavements, and parking.

Councillor Judi Gasser - Cabinet lead for environment. Responsible for recycling, waste collection, street cleaning, the management and maintenance of the borough’s parks and commons as well as trying to ensure Wandsworth does everything it can as a borough to tackle the climate change emergency.


Cllr Simon Hogg said, “This is a fresh start for Wandsworth and it is a huge honour to be leading a new administration that will be looking out for the people of Wandsworth.

“The election was a clear indication that our residents have an appetite for change and we will not let them down. We want to be an open council that focuses on meaningful dialogue with everyone across all of our wonderful diverse communities, putting them first as we take the decisions needed that will make this borough cleaner, greener and fairer.”

The new make-up of the council is now Labour 35, Conservative 22, Independent 1. Voter turn-out across the borough was 41.24 per cent.

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May 11, 2022