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Lord Mayoralty to be extended due to Coronavirus

Published Friday, 22 May 2020

For the first time in over 80 years The Lord Mayor of York, Cllr Janet Looker and her consort, will stay in office for an extended term.

Following the unprecedented Coronavirus pandemic, group leaders, The Lord Mayor, and Cllr Chris Cullwick (who was due to become the Lord Mayor this month), have agreed that Cllr Looker will continue as Lord Mayor for another year. The Government’s emergency legislation for local authorities removed the requirement to hold Annual Council this year, meaning the next Annual Council will be held in 2021.

The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of York, Cllr Janet Looker, said: “It continues to be an honour to serve as The Lord Mayor of York. The Coronvirus pandemic has affected us all in one way or another over the past months, but the resolve and community spirit of the people of York has once again shone through in the face of adversity. I know that we will get through this together, and I’m proud to be The Lord Mayor of this great city during this difficult time.”

It is the first time since 1933-35, when Herbert Edward Harrowell was Lord Mayor, that a Lord Mayor will serve a term of two years. Since WWII, only one Lord Mayor has served over a continuous 12 months when the date of Mayor making was changed from November to May, Therefore the Mayor inaugurated in November 1945 stayed in office until May 1947.

Cllr Chris Cullwick will take up the position of The Lord Mayor of York for the 2021-22 Civic Year.

There will be a virtual meeting of the Staffing Matters and Urgency Committee in early June, in order to agree any minor changes to committee representation at City of York Council for 2020-2021, rather than ordinarily doing this alongside the election of the new Lord Mayor at the Annual Council.

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