'I am not about to retire,' says council leader Cliff Morris after handing over power in cabinet reshuffle

Cllr Cliff Morris

Cllr Ebrahim Adia

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , politics reporter

THE leader of Bolton Council has rubbished suggestions that he is set to retire — after he handed over many of his responsibilities to another councillor as part of a cabinet reshuffle.

Cllr Cliff Morris said he was instead taking on more responsibilities across Greater Manchester.

He said: “The rumours are wrong. I’m not ready to retire yet — I’m taking on bigger roles in Manchester.

“It’s like everything else, you have to have that balance, and I think we’ve got that mix in the cabinet.

“As the government gives more power to Greater Manchester I’m going to be spending more time in Manchester. We have a good team, and I’m pleased with all the work we’ve done.

“Things like skills — getting young people into work and private sector housing — have been prioritised.”

Rumworth councillor Ebrahim Adia has been named as a fourth executive cabinet member and will now be responsible for the host of portfolios previously under the remit of Cllr Morris.

These include economy, development and regeneration, sports, libraries, youth and cultural services.

Cllr Linda Thomas will stay put as deputy leader and is in charge of adult and children’s services plus public health, while Cllr Nick Peel keeps his post as the executive member for environmental services.

Underneath the top four is another set of councillors, who head up specific departments and answer to one of the executive cabinet members.

Cllr Kate Lewis, only elected in 2012, is now in charge of housing and social inclusion, while Little Lever councillor Anthony Connell is no longer the representative for youth and culture.

Cllr John Byrne will take that role, moving away from neighbourhood and community services.

In the reshuffle Cllr Sufrana Bashir Ismail has been taken off public health to concentrate on community services, with Cllr Kevin McKeon taking over her place, away from schools and skills.

Cllr Elaine Sherrington, previously a cabinet member for waste, recycling and housing, will now be in charge of schools and safeguarding children.

Staying put is Cllr Chris Peacock, in charge of adult social care, Cllr Akhtar Zaman for development and regeneration, Cllr David Chadwick for highways and transport and Cllr Derek Burrows for police and community safety.

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3:40pm Thu 29 May 14

wsw69 says...

That's a bummer!!!
That's a bummer!!! wsw69
  • Score: 28

3:46pm Thu 29 May 14

wsw69 says...

The WORST possible news for the WHOLE of Bolton. And that is from a life long Labour voter.

Morris, you are, have been and will always be a complete disaster what ever you do in respect of Bolton as a town and a wider borough. God help where ever you decide to spread your catastrophic wings. Every time I see your smug mush trotting around the town centre, that You and your hopeless cronies have totally ruined, I would dearly like to give you a good talking to.

And then I regain my senses and think 'You'll only be p1551ng in to the wind and getting thrice my own back, so why bother.'

Sling your hook with the rest of your ghastly mob of numpties and do this once great town a b l 0 0 d y good favour.
The WORST possible news for the WHOLE of Bolton. And that is from a life long Labour voter. Morris, you are, have been and will always be a complete disaster what ever you do in respect of Bolton as a town and a wider borough. God help where ever you decide to spread your catastrophic wings. Every time I see your smug mush trotting around the town centre, that You and your hopeless cronies have totally ruined, I would dearly like to give you a good talking to. And then I regain my senses and think 'You'll only be p1551ng in to the wind and getting thrice my own back, so why bother.' Sling your hook with the rest of your ghastly mob of numpties and do this once great town a b l 0 0 d y good favour. wsw69
  • Score: 42

3:54pm Thu 29 May 14

Jim271 says...

Looks like they are back to running down Halliwell and Astley Bridge by forcing down property values, buying up the houses cheap and then renting them out to Dole Scum and immigrants whilst claiming thousands in Housing benefits.
Looks like they are back to running down Halliwell and Astley Bridge by forcing down property values, buying up the houses cheap and then renting them out to Dole Scum and immigrants whilst claiming thousands in Housing benefits. Jim271
  • Score: 20

4:09pm Thu 29 May 14

kieth57 says...

That's bad news its a close call who is despised more by the Bolton public Morris or Gartside
That's bad news its a close call who is despised more by the Bolton public Morris or Gartside kieth57
  • Score: 13

4:24pm Thu 29 May 14

wsw69 says...

kieth57 wrote:
That's bad news its a close call who is despised more by the Bolton public Morris or Gartside
That's too close a call to call. IMHO both are neck and neck, and should swing by theirs as well. Robbed a living have the pair of them
[quote][p][bold]kieth57[/bold] wrote: That's bad news its a close call who is despised more by the Bolton public Morris or Gartside[/p][/quote]That's too close a call to call. IMHO both are neck and neck, and should swing by theirs as well. Robbed a living have the pair of them wsw69
  • Score: 11

4:42pm Thu 29 May 14

Bolton born n bred says...

amazing another minority council member in charge of development and regeneration so two Muslims in charge of that scope of the council and we wonder why mosques and takeaways are taking over the town you scratch my back comes to mind really cant wait for the general election now ................
amazing another minority council member in charge of development and regeneration so two Muslims in charge of that scope of the council and we wonder why mosques and takeaways are taking over the town you scratch my back comes to mind really cant wait for the general election now ................ Bolton born n bred
  • Score: 18

4:53pm Thu 29 May 14

Bolton born n bred says...

What shocking news another minority in charge of development and regeneration and we wonder why the towns fast becoming deserted with investors
you have more chance of winning the lottery than getting planning permission in this town UNLESS you want to build another mosque or open another take away and they cant understand why people vote UKIP
What shocking news another minority in charge of development and regeneration and we wonder why the towns fast becoming deserted with investors you have more chance of winning the lottery than getting planning permission in this town UNLESS you want to build another mosque or open another take away and they cant understand why people vote UKIP Bolton born n bred
  • Score: 12

5:45pm Thu 29 May 14

kieth57 says...

wsw69 wrote:
kieth57 wrote:
That's bad news its a close call who is despised more by the Bolton public Morris or Gartside
That's too close a call to call. IMHO both are neck and neck, and should swing by theirs as well. Robbed a living have the pair of them
Well said and so true Its so annoying that the Ben never report how Bolton people really feel about these two muppets and put a spin in making things sound positive about them.
[quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kieth57[/bold] wrote: That's bad news its a close call who is despised more by the Bolton public Morris or Gartside[/p][/quote]That's too close a call to call. IMHO both are neck and neck, and should swing by theirs as well. Robbed a living have the pair of them[/p][/quote]Well said and so true Its so annoying that the Ben never report how Bolton people really feel about these two muppets and put a spin in making things sound positive about them. kieth57
  • Score: 12

6:12pm Thu 29 May 14

Undetectableman says...

Seem to remember Morris doing a runner from his position at the Royal Bolton Hospital just before the wheel started to come off there!!
Seem to remember Morris doing a runner from his position at the Royal Bolton Hospital just before the wheel started to come off there!! Undetectableman
  • Score: 16

7:39pm Thu 29 May 14

Boffoo says...

Oh no, I was so looking forward to a delightful week-end, now It's ruined with the terrible news that the fat controller is not leaving...agh!
Oh no, I was so looking forward to a delightful week-end, now It's ruined with the terrible news that the fat controller is not leaving...agh! Boffoo
  • Score: 13

11:44pm Thu 29 May 14

By George says...

Who are these people? What experience in real life have they got.which one of them will ban the running of static vehicles pumping out carcinogenic fumes into the lungs of our children ? Is there a real Socialist amongst them ?Manchester is a place in Lancashire, Greater Manchester is a money draining non representative conservative mess propped up with non representative elderly incompetent Labour Party has beens; and in many cases failed politicians
Who are these people? What experience in real life have they got.which one of them will ban the running of static vehicles pumping out carcinogenic fumes into the lungs of our children ? Is there a real Socialist amongst them ?Manchester is a place in Lancashire, Greater Manchester is a money draining non representative conservative mess propped up with non representative elderly incompetent Labour Party has beens; and in many cases failed politicians By George
  • Score: 0

9:45am Fri 30 May 14

Gore Seer says...

Why WITCH HUNT Mr Morris, He Is Just Part Of The Establishment, He Is Told To Sit/Stand/ Bend Over, He Is Merely A Well Paid Puppet, I Have Seen Mr Morris Twice In Town He Seems Half Normal To Me.
Why WITCH HUNT Mr Morris, He Is Just Part Of The Establishment, He Is Told To Sit/Stand/ Bend Over, He Is Merely A Well Paid Puppet, I Have Seen Mr Morris Twice In Town He Seems Half Normal To Me. Gore Seer
  • Score: -5

12:56pm Fri 30 May 14

gladrill says...

He should go and the rest of the council with him. I was a labour voter but these muppets have put me off.
He should go and the rest of the council with him. I was a labour voter but these muppets have put me off. gladrill
  • Score: 0

5:53pm Fri 30 May 14

wsw69 says...

Gore Seer wrote:
Why WITCH HUNT Mr Morris, He Is Just Part Of The Establishment, He Is Told To Sit/Stand/ Bend Over, He Is Merely A Well Paid Puppet, I Have Seen Mr Morris Twice In Town He Seems Half Normal To Me.
He's an absolute kn*b of the first order. He's fit for absolutely f**k all.
[quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: Why WITCH HUNT Mr Morris, He Is Just Part Of The Establishment, He Is Told To Sit/Stand/ Bend Over, He Is Merely A Well Paid Puppet, I Have Seen Mr Morris Twice In Town He Seems Half Normal To Me.[/p][/quote]He's an absolute kn*b of the first order. He's fit for absolutely f**k all. wsw69
  • Score: 2

7:25pm Fri 30 May 14

Puffin-Billy says...

"Private sector housing".....why prioritised ? Typical - looking after the well heeled.

Stuff the affluent - Britain needs homes for the poor and low paid on zero hours? They don't need private sector housing, they need council houses.

They don't want or need a hand onto the "housing ladder" debt trap; they need homes they can afford.

The affluent can look after themselves. Let them buy the land, apply for planning permission, and buy their houses if they want them.

If they can't get planning permission, or they can't afford the houses, tough ! Let them save up 'til they can afford a house, and 'til then, let them rent council houses.
"Private sector housing".....why prioritised ? Typical - looking after the well heeled. Stuff the affluent - Britain needs homes for the poor and low paid on zero hours? They don't need private sector housing, they need council houses. They don't want or need a hand onto the "housing ladder" debt trap; they need homes they can afford. The affluent can look after themselves. Let them buy the land, apply for planning permission, and buy their houses if they want them. If they can't get planning permission, or they can't afford the houses, tough ! Let them save up 'til they can afford a house, and 'til then, let them rent council houses. Puffin-Billy
  • Score: -2

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