Judith Blake announces date she will hand over leadership of Leeds Council

Baroness Judith Blake has announced the date when she will hand over the leadership of Leeds City Council.
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The soon-to-be new leader of the council, James Lewis, will take up the post following a full council meeting on February 24.

This is subject to a vote during the meeting.

Baroness Blake is stepping down as council leader to take up her life peerage in the House of Lords.

Baroness Judith Blake will step down as leader of Leeds City Council on February 24Baroness Judith Blake will step down as leader of Leeds City Council on February 24
Baroness Judith Blake will step down as leader of Leeds City Council on February 24
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She will continue to be a ward councillor representing Middleton Park until the local elections.

Baroness Blake said: “I am looking forward to taking up my peerage in the House of Lords and am pleased to be leaving the leadership of the council in safe and experienced hands in Councillor Lewis.

"We are working closely together on the handover of responsibilities and I know he will do a tremendous job as leader of the council.”

Coun Lewis has announced a reshuffle of senior appointments in his incoming administration, with Baroness Blake and Coun Lisa Mulherin making way for new appointments Coun Salma Arif, Coun Mary Harland and Coun Helen Hayden.

The soon-to-be new leader of the council, James LewisThe soon-to-be new leader of the council, James Lewis
The soon-to-be new leader of the council, James Lewis
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Former portfolio holder for adults and health Coun Rebecca Charlwood stepped down as an executive member recently, with Coun Fiona Venner – herself an executive member for children and families – temporarily stepping in.

In addition to his responsibilities as Council Leader, Councillor Lewis will also continue as the Executive Member for Resources.