Islington Council leader offered new City Hall job

Councillor Richard Watts appointed as Mayor Sadiq Khan's deputy chief of staff

Tuesday, 11th May 2021 — By Calum Fraser

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ISLINGTON’S council leader is set to take up a new position in London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s top team in City Hall.

Councillor Richard Watts, who will officially step down from his position as council leader on May 20, has been appointed Mayor Khan’s deputy chief of staff.

As part of his new responsibilities, Cllr Watts will chair the “London Recovery Taskforce”, working with councils “to drive London’s recovery from the impact of Covid-19”, the Mayor’s office announced today (Tuesday).

Councillor Kaya Comer-Schwartz will take over from Cllr Watts, who led the council for almost eight years.

Mayor Khan won a second term in office after a vote last Thursday.

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