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Southwark Labour Group elects Kieron Williams as new Leader of Southwark Council

09 September 2020

Kieron Williams has been elected by Labour councillors in Southwark to be the new Leader of the Council. The Group elected Kieron as Leader of the Labour Group on 7th September and he will be elected Leader of Southwark Council at the council’s Annual Meeting on 16th September.

Kieron Williams said: “It is an honour to be elected by the Labour Group as the next Leader of Southwark Council. Southwark is an amazing borough and I take immense pride in our incredible diversity and community spirit. 

“Our community’s response to this pandemic has shown the strength and potential of the people of our borough. We face tough challenges, after a decade of Tory austerity and following the impact of COVID19 on health, jobs and businesses. However I’m determined to bring our community together to overcome them. I look forward to working with people from every part of Southwark to continue to build a better future for the people of our borough.  

“I would like to thank Peter John for his leadership over the last 16 years as Leader of Southwark Labour Group, and the last 10 years as Leader of the Council. I look forward to leading Southwark’s diverse and talented group of councillors and building on the great successes of the Labour Group over the last decade.”

Leader of the Council Peter John said: “I’m delighted to be passing on the role of Leader of Southwark Labour and Southwark Council to Kieron Williams. Kieron will work tirelessly to continue building on a decade of delivery and improving the lives of all our residents despite these unprecedented and challenging times.”

“Having served as Leader of the Council for 10 years I’m proud of the last decade of delivery and I would like to thank all of the councillors, council staff, Labour members and residents who have helped to deliver a fairer future for all in Southwark.”

Kieron was elected as a Labour councillor in Camberwell Green ward in 2014. He has spent his career fighting for a better future, as a Labour activist, public health director and advisor to councils across Britain. He joined Southwark’s Cabinet in 2018, taking on the jobs, skills and innovation portfolio, and has served as Cabinet Member for Housing and Modernisation since 2019. 


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