A NEW leader for Brent Council has been chosen by the local Labour party.
Cllr Muhammed Butt was elected as leader of the authority at a private Labour AGM at the weekend, and is expected to take over the role from Cllr Ann John.
Cllr Butt, the council's deputy leader and lead member for resources, will be put forward as the new council leader at a full council meeting on Wednesday night.
Cllr Butt, who represents the Tokyngton ward, spoke to The Harrow Observer this week after being elected by the party.
He said: "It is an honour to be elected to this position. I would like to pass my deepest thanks to my predecessor Cllr. Ann John and look forward to her continuing to be deeply involved in the borough that I know she has loved and served for many years.
"These are the toughest financial times in the history of Brent. I want to develop a new approach to the relationship between councillors and officers, between front and back benchers and between the Labour Party and our residents. I believe that the more united we are as a Borough the more effective our fight back against this government will be."
Cllr John is expected to step down from the role after more than ten years as leader.
She has been at the forefront of the council as it closed 50 per cent of Brent's libraries, and at the helm during a time of harsh Government cuts to local authorities.
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