New Deputy Leader for Wakefield Council


The Leader of Wakefield Council has confirmed that Cllr Jack Hemingway will join her as the new Deputy Leader.

Cllr Hemingway will also take on the newly established portfolio of Cabinet Member for Climate Change to help drive forward the Council’s commitment to become carbon neutral.

Cllr Darren Byford, who was previously Deputy Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Growth, is now the Cabinet Member for this portfolio, filling the post vacated by Cllr Jeffery. Cllr George Ayre will be his new deputy.

Announcing the new appointments, Cllr Jeffery said: “I am delighted that Cllr Hemingway is taking up the post of Deputy Leader and I very much look forward to us working together.

“I am also pleased that Jack will be leading the Climate Change portfolio, which has been established to give our carbon neutral commitment the political support, drive and scrutiny I believe, something this important, needs.” 

Cllr Jeffery has also confirmed that she will be reviewing some of the existing Cabinet portfolios in the New Year to ensure that her team is focussed on the key priorities of the Council and its residents.