FORMER deputy council leader Ruth Cadbury has stepped down from the cabinet to focus on an expected tilt at parliament.
She was the biggest name to go in a minor cabinet reshuffle, announced at last night's borough council meeting.
The Labour councillor is believed to have given up her role as lead member for planning and regeneration to focus on the 2015 general elections.
She is the favourite to challenge Conservative MP Mary Macleod for the seat of Brentford and Isleworth, although she has yet to be confirmed as the preferred choice.
Ruth Cadbury, who will now chair the council's planning committee, was deputy leader for two years before being replaced by Councillor Colin Ellar last May.
She refused to comment on rumours she will stand at the next general elections.
Councillor Steve Curran will assume her portfolio, which is the council's third most senior position, with Tom Bruce replacing him as lead member for education and HR.
Outgoing mayor Pritam Grewal becomes cabinet member for communications and communities, in what is a job swap with Sachin Gupta, who has taken on the ceremonial robe.
Shantanu Rajawat, meanwhile, replaces Gurmail Lal as the new member for adult social care and health services.
Council leader Jagdish Sharma said he had selected a cabinet with both 'continuity and new blood'.
The full list of cabinet portfolios is:
Leader: Jagdish Sharma
Deputy leader: Colin Ellar
Performance and customer care: Sue Sampson
Planning and regeneration: Cllr Steve Curran
Community safety and regulatory services: Ed Mayne
Leisure and public health: Ajmer Grewal
Children, youth and families: Lily Bath
Communications and communities: Pritam Grewal
Education and HR: Tom Bruce