Executive Members for Central Bedfordshire Council confirmed

Conservative Cllr James Jamieson (Westoning, Flitton and Greenfield) was elected leader of Central Bedfordshire Council for the next four years last night. There was a challenge from opposition councillors to debate this important position but they were told "we don't need to [debate this]".  - see video.

Listen to Cllr Jamieson's comments:

Cllr Brian Saunders, who topped the poll for Stotfold and Langford, is the new Chairman. Cllr Gordon Perham was elected as Vice Chairman.

Cllr Brian Saunders takes over the role from Cllr Fiona Chapman MBE, who held the position for the last two years but lost her seat in Flitwick in this May's elections . Cllr Chapman was thanked for awareness raising for her chosen charities, ABF The Soldiers Charity, Bedfordshire Crimebeat, the MS Society and more recently Cancer Research.

Cllr Saunders will act as an ambassador for the council, representing the authority on civic visits, at ceremonial events, as well as raising funds and awareness for his chosen charity The Need Project which is based in Stotfold and covers much of Central Bedfordshire.

Speaking after his appointment to the role of Chairman, Cllr Saunders, who represents Stotfold and Langford and who has been a Central Bedfordshire councillor for 8 years said: “Following my service as Vice Chairman over the past two years, it is a privilege to now be elected as Chairman of the Council. It is with great pride that I represent the Council.”

Cllr Gordon Perham, who represents Linslade said: “I am honoured to take on the role of Vice Chair and I look forward to supporting the Chairman in representing the Council.”

The membership of the new Executive and designation of responsibilities is as follows:

Cllr Richard Wenham continues in the role of Deputy Leader of the Council and as the Executive Member for Corporate Resources.

Cllr Ian Dalgarno remains Executive Member for Community Services with Cllr Steven Watkins and Cllr Brian Spurr as deputies.

Cllr Tracey Stock becomes the Executive Member for Health & Wellbeing and Communities with Cllr Brian Spurr as deputy.

Cllr Sue Clark takes on the portfolio for Families, Education and Children as Executive Member and Cllr Amanda Dodwell remains as the deputy.

Cllr Carole Hegley continues as Executive Member for Adults, Social Care and Housing Operations (HRA).

Cllr Eugene Ghent continues as Executive Member for Assets and Housing Delivery.

Cllr Kevin Collins take on the role of Executive Member for Planning and Regeneration.

Cllr Steven Dixon takes on a new portfolio as Executive Member for Transformation and External Relations.

Cllr Nigel Young becomes the Executive Member for Highways Delivery and Innovation.

During the full council meeting it was also confirmed that Cllr Adam Zerny would lead the Independent Network and Cllr Peter Snelling would be the leader of the Liberal Democrat group on the Council.