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Clare Coghill was elected to the London Borough of Waltham Forest in May 2010 to represent the High Street ward in Walthamstow. She has held a number of Cabinet roles, including Economic Growth and High Streets, where her policy innovations focussed on pubs and the night-time economy.

Clare was elected Leader of the Council in May 2017 and was re-elected Leader of the Council for a 4 year term in May 2018.  Waltham Forest is London’s first ever Borough of Culture in 2019.