Shields joins Mansfield District Council cabinet after all

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LABOUR councillor Phil Shields has been named as the final member of Mansfield District Council’s new cabinet.

The Yeoman Hill representative performed a u-turn to take the environment position three days after turning down an initial offer under pressure from Labour party officials.

Labour group leaders are demanding fresh talks with the Independent Mayor Tony Egginton on the cabinet positions, saying the party should have greater recognition and representation.

Mr Egginton said: “I am delighted with the team I have assembled and I’m looking forward to the challenge of us taking Mansfield and Mansfield District Council forward.

“Every member of the cabinet team brings individual qualities and talents which are ideal to their role. What we all bring is commitment, passion and a shared aim of doing what is best for the residents of the district.”

For more on this story, see next Wednesday’s edition of Chad (8th June).