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Knowsley confirms new Deputy Leader

by Gemma Melling

Cllr Tony Brennan has been named as the new Deputy Leader of Knowsley Council at its Annual Meeting (Friday 17 May). His appointment follows the retirement of the former Deputy Leader Cllr Margaret Harvey.

Tony, who represents the Shevington Ward in Kirkby will also continue as Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, a position he has held for the last 6 years.

He said: “I have always felt very proud to carry out my role as a local councillor and Cabinet Member and I feel incredibly privileged to represent the people of this borough. I was honoured to be asked to take up the role as Deputy Leader and grateful for the incredible support from colleagues both in my appointment and in the weeks and months ahead.

My commitment to our residents and our community is that I will work hard for them, and with them, to make Knowsley an even better place to live. A place where everyone has the opportunity and the support they need to thrive.”

Cllr Brennan has represented Kirkby for more than 10 years and took up his role as Cabinet Member in 2018. During this time Tony has played a key role in driving forward major regeneration projects across the borough including the purchase and regeneration of Kirkby Town Centre and the creation of the Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot to name just two.

Cllr Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council said: “Tony’s track record as a Cabinet Member speaks for itself. He has helped to secure some of the biggest transformational projects this borough has ever seen, and I am delighted that he has agreed to step into the role of Deputy Leader. I have no doubt that he will bring the same drive and commitment to this new role and I very much look forward to working even more closely with him to achieve even more for our residents.”

During his time as an elected member, Tony has served on a variety of Council decision-making groups including Planning, Licencing and various Scrutiny Committees. He has also represented Knowsley at a City Region level with roles on the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Transport Board, Employment & Skills Board and Housing & Spatial Planning Portfolio Board. He is Knowsley’s Member Champion for Armed Forces and Veterans and Design & Hertiage, is part of Prescot’s High Street Heritage Partnership and a founding member of the Kirkby Town Board.

Tony lives in Kirkby where he plays an active role in the local community, supporting a variety of charitable and voluntary organisations including Towerhill & Shevington Together, Tower Hill Boxing Club, Cells and the Eco Therapy Garden.