Lib Dem county councillors given senior jobs in official opposition group

July 1, 2013 12:00 AM
By Cllr Malcolm Cowan & Cllr Paul Zukowskyj
Local LibDem county councillors Malcolm Cowan and Paul Zukowskyj have both been given senior jobs in the official oppostion group at County Hall.
Paul is shadow spokesperson on finance, property and human resources, taking over from Malcolm. Paul says 'This is a big job and I am looking forward to it. It is important a fresh pair of eyes are brought in from time to time and I intend to be rigorous in checking that our money, staff and property are used efficiently and properly.'
Malcolm moves to become a vice-chair of Overview and Scrutiny. He says 'Scrutiny is the vehicle for opposition and backbench councillors from the ruling group to undertake investigations into the effectiveneness of the council's policies. It provides some counterbalance to the power of the Cabinet. It is ironic that although I am also a borough councillor, I am barred from taking part in scrutiny here in Welwyn Hatfield by a decision of the Tory group.
Malcolm has also been nominated by the county council to serve a second term on the Lea Valley Regional Park Authority, who run several of the Olympic venues, as well as large areas set aside for nature and wildlife.