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    David Burbage MBE was Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council from 2007-2016. This blog : Promoted by Geoff Hill on behalf of David Burbage and all other Windsor and Maidenhead Conservative candidates, all of 2 Castle End Farm, Ruscombe, Berkshire RG10 9XQ
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Burdens of office

Posted by davidburbage on May 10, 2007

I always wondered why it took Tony Blair days and days to work out his ministerial team – surely he knows all his MPs names way in advance and can allocate jobs and tell them!

It’s not as simple as that as I have found out. A few of the Cabinet and panels are obvious choices, but many many more are not. Part of the problem getting our ducks in a row was the Mayoralty which we had thought Dorothy Kemp would take, but due to a health scare during the campaign and having a pacemaker fitted, she’s happy to take a Deputy role for the first year and see how she goes. The advantage of that is if she doesn’t like the job there is no obligation to go for Mayor in a subsequent year. Which left us with the role of Mayor to fill.

My ward colleague Leo Walters is our nomination, and he’s been dead keen on filling the role again since he was Mayor in 2002/3. As a long long standing councillor of more than 40 years I think he has easily earned the right to have another go in the position, and as he was able to take it on (the 800+ engagements a year can’t be done if you have even a part-time job) at short notice, it was a done deal. The Annual Council and Mayor-making are on 22nd May.


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