Reshuffle in Blackburn with Darwen Council cabinet after member steps down

ENVIRONMENT boss Faryad Hussain has stood down from Blackburn with Darwen council’s ruling executive board after his wife Parveen Begum broke her arm on a family visit to Pakistan.

His decision led to borough leader Kate Hollern, who was re-elected as leader unopposed, conducting a major reshuffle of her Cabinet with 68-year-old schools chief Tony Humphrys dropped from the top team.

Father-of-six Coun Hussain, who represents Queen’s Park, said: “My wife broke her arm in Kashmir, Pakistan on a family visit in February. It has not knitted properly. She is now having it reset. I have spent the last two months over there and may have to go back.

“I told Kate my family comes first and I could not fulfil my executive duties properly. I hope to come back later.”

Coun Hussain is replaced by planning chairman and Mill Hill councillor Jim Smith joining the executive board for the first time.

Shadsworth with Whitebirk councillor Humphrys leaves the top team altogether, replaced by current regeneration chief Dave Harling.

His job goes to Maureen Bateson whose children’s services’ job goes to another veteran, Marsh House’s Frank Connor.

Coun Humphrys said: “It’s not what I wanted, but at 68 I accept it. I had hoped to see the reorganisation of schools through. I have 12 months to decide whether I want to stand as a councillor again.”

Ewood councillor Bateson said: “This was not what I expected. I have really enjoyed my time as executive member of children’s services which is where my heart and passion are. Kate and I had several meetings about this and discussed what she wanted me to do and I accepted it.

“It is an exciting challenge with so much going on regenerating the town where I have lived all my life.”

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10:21pm Fri 26 Apr 13

jibbsarefynny says...

Father-of-six Coun Hussain, what a surprise good job it dont happen over here i can see the claim now jeez .
Father-of-six Coun Hussain, what a surprise good job it dont happen over here i can see the claim now jeez . jibbsarefynny

1:25am Sat 27 Apr 13

The Epicurian says...

Experts in their/our field. I think not. Not at all.
Experts in their/our field. I think not. Not at all. The Epicurian

2:41am Sat 27 Apr 13

jim 2012 says...

you need dr who to regenerate this town
you need dr who to regenerate this town jim 2012

7:37am Sat 27 Apr 13

woolywords says...

With Cllr Maureen Bateson to be the new Regeneration Chief, we'll see more than a few changes around here. Those years playing with the children's building blocks will really come in handy now that she has an whole town to play with....
My only concern is that as a women, and you know what women are like, when she tidies things up, will we be able to find anything afterwards?
With Cllr Maureen Bateson to be the new Regeneration Chief, we'll see more than a few changes around here. Those years playing with the children's building blocks will really come in handy now that she has an whole town to play with.... My only concern is that as a women, and you know what women are like, when she tidies things up, will we be able to find anything afterwards? woolywords

9:04am Sat 27 Apr 13

tajmahalovertheoldmarket says...

"Regeneration"?
You can't polish a ....
"Regeneration"? You can't polish a .... tajmahalovertheoldmarket

11:50am Sat 27 Apr 13

george gently says...

regeneration what a joke and Maureen bateson another joke I live on infirmary street its still a dump new houses does not improve an area its the people in the area that improve it and decent policing to which there is non ,do us all a favour Maureen and retire
regeneration what a joke and Maureen bateson another joke I live on infirmary street its still a dump new houses does not improve an area its the people in the area that improve it and decent policing to which there is non ,do us all a favour Maureen and retire george gently

4:45pm Sat 27 Apr 13

GrindletonBob says...

It's about time there was some new blood on the Council, it seems to be like a game of musical chairs, the same names just moving around. Whoever is in place, as a whole they're still going to struggle to cut the grass or resist spending money on new artwork or one way schemes.

Anyone else notice that the library bridge has been pulled down at the end of the financial year. I guess there's only so many times that you can paint the streetlamps in April!

Pity the Councillor with six kids is having to stand down, sounds as if he would be ideally skilled for the Children's Services job!
It's about time there was some new blood on the Council, it seems to be like a game of musical chairs, the same names just moving around. Whoever is in place, as a whole they're still going to struggle to cut the grass or resist spending money on new artwork or one way schemes. Anyone else notice that the library bridge has been pulled down at the end of the financial year. I guess there's only so many times that you can paint the streetlamps in April! Pity the Councillor with six kids is having to stand down, sounds as if he would be ideally skilled for the Children's Services job! GrindletonBob

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