Councillor Matthew Brown was appointed as the new Leader of Preston City Council during the annual council meeting on Thursday 17 May 2018, to take the place of retiring Council Leader, Peter Rankin.
First elected to join the Council’s Labour Party in 2002, Councillor Brown has been a member of the Cabinet since 2011 – initially as Cabinet Member for Community Engagement and Inclusion and more recently as Cabinet Member for Social Justice, Inclusion and Policy Initiatives.
More recently, Councillor Brown has brought national attention to Preston through his passion for the council’s Fairness Agenda, known more colloquially as the Preston Model. These policies, which are in place due to Councillor Brown’s innovation and dedication, reflect his ambition for the council, as well as for the city of Preston.
Councillor Matthew Brown said,
“I am honoured to be given this opportunity and am looking forward to working collaboratively with the voluntary sector, local businesses, the wider community and trade unions to really make a difference in Preston especially in our desire to tackle inequality.
I am committed to delivering the Preston Labour Party’s manifesto and achieving the council’s priorities for the city and will always put people first.”