Julie Dore

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Julie Dore is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Leader of Sheffield City Council since May 2011,[1] on which she represents Arbourthorne.[2] She came into this position in 2000 and in 2008, became Chair of a Council Scrutiny Board. In May 2010, she joined the Shadow Cabinet.[3]

Other positions[edit]

Dore is a Member of the HS2 Growth Task Force. For more than two decades, she worked for a social housing association. For 10 years, she worked in the construction industry.[4]

Controversy[edit]

Dore has come into the public spotlight concerning the mass tree felling across Sheffield as part of the controversial Streets Ahead programme. As part of the £2 billion partnership with Amey Plc, up to 10,000 mature and healthy street trees across Sheffield are to be felled.[5] Campaigners have shown that this mass deforestation makes road maintenance and resurfacing cheaper over the 25-year contract, and helps corporate profit at the expense of the environment.[6]

On the 17th November 2016, under Dore's leadership, colleague Councillor Bryan Lodge sanctioned a 4am "dawn raid" felling of eight healthy mature trees from the Rustlings Road area of Sheffield, leading to the arrest of two peaceful protesters, under section 241 of Trade Union Relation Act, a law normally used in the event of industrial action.[7] The tree felling programme has sparked the sign-up of over six thousand members to Sheffield Tree Action Groups (Facebook group) as of March 2017 who are against the mass removal of Sheffield's street tree forest.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Julie Dore". Arts Council. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Arbourthorne Ward". Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ "'Outsider' Julie Dore to lead Labour in Sheffield". The Star. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "Councillor Julie Dore". Arts Council. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "Sheffield council's tree-felling project pledges to 'regain trust'". BBC News. Retrieved 19 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "Sheffield trees dispute prompts 'scenes you'd expect in Putin's Russia'". Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "Dawn tree felling in Sheffield sparks outrage". BBC News. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "Sheffield Tree Action Group". Facebook. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Scriven
Leader of Sheffield City Council
2011–present
Incumbent