Following confirmation at Thursday’s Executive meeting that Labour is to nominate a councillor to be the next Lord Mayor of York, the Group’s Leader has confirmed Cllr Barbara Boyce will become the city’s first citizen for 2017–18.
Cllr Boyce has been a member of the Labour Party for more than 35 years, and an elected Labour councillor for Heworth ward since 2009, where she won a by-election.
Group Leader, Cllr Janet Looker said: ‘I’m delighted to announce Barbara as our nomination for Lord Mayor. Barbara was born and brought up in York, and really understands the significance of the office she is taking on. I’m confident she will do a great job, and put her own individual stamp on the role, as every Lord Mayor does. I wish her and fellow members of her civic party every success for their year of office.’
Cllr Boyce said: ‘I feel very honoured and humbled to be nominated as York’s first citizen for the municipal year ahead. My family has lived in York for generations and came from very ordinary backgrounds. I am very fortunate to have had opportunities not available to my parents and grandparents. If, in my year of office, I can do anything that will improve the lives, prospects and environment of other citizens then I will consider it to have been a success.
‘I will announce my Sheriff and full civic party at Full Council in February. I will also make an announcement on my civic charities for my year in office in due course. It is not an easy decision to make, but I’m keen to select charities that will take the opportunity to raise funds that will have a meaningful impact in the wonderful city I will represent as Lord Mayor.’
Full Council takes place on February 23, with Annual Council and the changing of Lord Mayors on May 25.