THE leaders of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council have had a cabinet shake-up following their annual meeting.

The main changes made by the ruling Labour group are that Councillor Olwyn Peters will complete her year as mayor and move on to be cabinet member for culture, leisure and tourism, while Councillor Christopher Massey will take the environment and rural affairs brief.

Group and council leader George Dunning said: "It's one of the hardest decisions to take, appointing cabinet members, as there are so many able people within our ranks.

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"Olwyn has been a superb ambassador for the borough as mayor, so it's a logical progression to appoint her to take responsibility for our culture, leisure and tourism.

"I'm also keen to bring on younger members for the future, and Christopher Massey will be our youngest ever cabinetmember, and will be dealing with environment and rural affairs.

"They complement a strong and experienced cabinet team, which will lead the council through the challenges of the future - and help us deliver the progress the public want to see across the borough."

The remainder of the cabinet is Councillor Sheelagh Clarke, health and social well being and deputy leader; Councillor Lynn Pallister, housing and neighbourhood renewal; Councillor Helen McLuckie, highways, planning and transport; Councillor Steven Goldswain, community safety; Councillor Norman Pickthall, corporate resources; Councillor Mark Hannon, economic development; and Councillor Joan Guy, children's services and education.