On Thursday night Redbridge held their annual meeting to elect a new mayor for the borough. Outgoing mayor Jim O'Shea and his deputy Ruth Clark have done a great job as ambassadors for the borough and leading citizens. Jim's charity appeal raised a massive £50,000 for Alzheimer's Care in Redbridge and the Dream Factory. They will be a tough act to follow.
The new Mayor is Snaresbrook councillor Chris Cummins. I have known Chris for well over ten years, we both started as activists in the less than promising environment of Leyton and Wanstead. He is a committed hard worker and this recognition is well deserved. Deputy Mayor will be Cllr Felicity Banks from Roding Ward - a Liberal Democrat, in true coalition fashion. We all wish them well for the coming year.