Sheard re-elected as council leader

LABOUR councillor Cathy Scott (Lab, Dewsbury East) has a new council cabinet post – housing and relief of poverty.

The move came on Wednesday after Coun David Sheard was re-elected as council leader.

Coun Sheard (Lab, Heckmondwike) beat a challenge from Green group leader Coun Andrew Cooper, who said he wanted to lead an all-party coalition.

Other cabinet appointments include Coun Shabir Pandor (Lab, Batley West) for schools and learning.

Coun Karen Rowling (Lab, Dewsbury West) takes over as Heavy Woollen planning sub-committee chairman in succession to new mayor Coun Paul Kane.

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