Monday 26th October 2020
Councillor Hamida Ali has tonight (22 October) been elected as the new leader of Croydon Council at an Extraordinary Full Council meeting.Councillor Ali has served as ward member for Woodside since being elected to the council in 2014. She has held the position of cabinet member for Safer Croydon and communities since May 2016 and has led on high-profile areas of work including the establishment of the borough’s pioneering Violence Reduction Network. Her appointment as leader follows the resignation of Councillor Tony Newman earlier this month.
“Croydon is the most exciting and vibrant borough in London and I am deeply honoured to have been elected to lead the council at this crucial point in time”
“This is a time of unprecedented challenge for Croydon as we continue our work protecting the most vulnerable and supporting residents and businesses through the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as getting to grips with the council’s significant budget challenges.
“Working with my talented new cabinet I am committed to opening up the council’s decision-making process and putting our finances back on a stable footing so that we can focus on continuing to deliver high-quality services in a way that is sustainable for the future.
“It is a long road ahead but my cabinet and I are determined to provide the leadership Croydon needs to overcome the council’s current challenges, support our community through Covid-19 and deliver the excellent services residents deserve.”