Oxford City Council elects Councillor Susan Brown as new Leader

Published: Tuesday, 30th January 2018

Oxford City Council has elected Councillor Susan Brown as its new Leader.

Councillor Brown, the City Council’s former Deputy Leader, has taken over from Councillor Bob Price, who will retire from the City Council in May following 35 years’ service.                

She was elected at a Full Council meeting last night (29/1). At the meeting, Councillor Linda Smith was also confirmed as the City Council’s new Deputy Leader.

The meeting also saw Councillor Colin Cook confirmed as the next Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Sajjad Malik as the next Deputy Lord Mayor of Oxford, and Councillor Craig Simmons as the next Sheriff of Oxford. They will assume the posts in May.

Councillor Brown has lived in Oxford most of her life, and has been a City Councillor for 17 years. She was first elected to Churchill Ward (then known as Wood Farm) in 1994.

Councillor Brown said: “I am honoured to be elected Leader of Oxford City Council.

“My aims as a Councillor have always been to serve the people of Oxford, listening to their concerns and taking action to tackle them. My desire is to continue to aim for excellence in all council services and to work with people locally to develop the vision for Oxford’s future. I know that will include investment in housing and measures to ensure equal opportunities for all.”

Councillor Smith, who was brought up in Cutteslowe estate and attended Cherwell School, has represented Blackbird Leys Ward since 2014. She has held the Leisure, Parks and Sport portfolio on the City Executive Board since 2016.

Councillor Smith said: “I'm honoured to have been given the trust of my colleagues to fulfil this role, supporting Susan and being part of the leadership team. I can't wait to get to work helping to make this city an even better place to live for all our residents.”

Councillor Price was first elected to Oxford City Council in 1983 and has been leader since 2008. He was Lord Mayor of Oxford in 2005/06, Deputy Lord Mayor in 1997/98 and Sheriff of Oxford in 1998/99.

Councillor Price said: “I am delighted to be handing over to such a talented and experienced leadership team. I'm sure that they will be able to maintain the Council's strong record of service improvement and financial stability and Labour's policies for tackling deprivation and inequality in our city.”