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Southampton City Council environment and transport boss Asa Thorpe stands down
SOUTHAMPTON City Council's environment and transport boss has stepped down.
Asa Thorpe has resigned with immediate effect as a cabinet member due to “increased work pressures” in his job at Hampshire Constabulary.
His departure has sparked a reshuffle of leader Simon Letts' cabinet, with Jacqui Rayment taking on Cllr Thorpe's portfolio.
Her communities and change post will now be divided among two newly-promoted councillors.
Satvir Kaur - who is also standing to succeed John Denham as Labour's parliamentary candidate for Southampton Itchen in 2015 - will take on the communities role while Sholing councillor Dan Jeffery will take on change.
Both councillors will only draw half of the current cabinet members' allowance of £9,779, meaning the change will not mean an extra cost to the cash-strapped council.
Cllr Letts, said: “I would like to thank Cllr Thorpe for the commitment and hard work he has put into his role on behalf of the city during what has been - and remains - a very challenging time for the council.
“I'd also like to welcome Cllr Kaur and Cllr Jeffery to the cabinet. They are both very dedicated and energetic, and have a lot to offer Southampton.
“Having two members sharing a portfolio area is a new approach for this council and I am confident that they will do a fantastic job.”