Harrow Council meeting elects new Leader


Labour Councillor Graham Henson was confirmed as the new Leader of Harrow Council last night, 23rd May, at the Annual Meeting of the council in the Civic Centre.

A councillor for the past 12 years for Roxbourne ward, in south Harrow, Cllr Henson has previously served as Harrow’s portfolio holder for environment as well as various back office functions.

Cllr Henson said:

“My vision for Harrow is not just for bins collected, streets cleaned, roads and verges maintained. It’s for a place that all residents can feel proud of, where they can feel safe and where they want to live. It’s for a council with a strong reputation for delivering services well and supporting those who are struggling. I want them to know that their council will try to help the very best it can.

“I am truly honoured and privileged to have the opportunity as Leader to work with the fine group of councillors in this chamber, and especially the young councillors joining us for the first time tonight. There is huge talent in this council, and we pledge to work together, along with our partners – to be resolute and determined in the face of those who wish to attack and harm our borough; to be totally honest about the financial challenges that are thrust upon us every year; and to make sure that fairness will underpin every decision we take.”

Cllr Henson has appointed a new cabinet, including a new portfolio dedicated to Community Cohesion and Crime, given to former Mayor of Harrow, Cllr Krishna Suresh. Other notable changes include the return of Cllr Varsha Parmar to the Environment portfolio, and Cllr Phil O’Dell’s appointment to the Housing portfolio.

At the same meeting, attended by as many as 200 people, Cllr Kareema Marikar was officially elected to the duty of Mayor of Harrow – succeeding Margaret Davine. You can read more about the mayor-making ceremony on the Harrow Council website.